Orion Capsule: Designed for Deep Space

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor building NASA's Orion, the only spacecraft designed for long-duration, human deep space exploration. Orion will transport astronauts to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit, such as the Moon and eventually Mars, and return them safely back to Earth.


Backup Systems

This unique space exploration vehicle was built with backup systems so astronauts can get back home safely in an emergency. From triple-redundant flight computers to 45 engines, our engineers focus on every detail.

Radiation Protection

Orion is constructed with an advanced storm shelter specifically designed to protect the crew against deadly radiation storms - one of the most intense challenges facing teams whose goal is to send humans to and from Mars.

Interplanetary Travel

The Orion space capsule is capable of traveling to the Moon, or trekking to Mars on a 1,000-day mission in deep space.

Thermal Protection

Thermal protection keeps the crew module at a balmy 72 degrees inside, whether it’s -300 degrees or 5,200 degrees outside.

Life Support

The Orion spacecraft is designed with a life support system that clears out heat and moisture during exercise, keeping the crew safe and healthy over long-duration missions.

Orion Design Components


Exploration Mission-1

The Exploration Mission-1 Orion spacecraft is undergoing assembly and test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA and Lockheed Martin are approaching the end of Orion’s development phase, having successfully tackled many of the toughest engineering challenges associated with human exploration of deep space. The team remains on track for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) in 2020 and Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2), the first crewed flight, as early as 2022.


Additional Information

Gary Napier