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Old 03-05-2013, 08:42 PM   #61
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AmericaSpace: Orion Components Arrive at KSC in Preparation for Test Flight
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SPACE.com: NASA to Launch Student-Built Radiation Shield on Orion Capsule Test Flight
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:07 PM   #63
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NASA: Safety Component Arrives for Orion Flight Test
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NASASpaceflight: EFT-1 Orion has its secondary structures installed
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Universe Today: Orion Capsule Accelerating to 2014 Launch and Eventual Asteroid Exploration
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:33 PM   #66
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Florida Today: Orion test flight is on track despite heat shield concerns:
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According to a recent government watchdog report, concern about that possibility held up production of the heat shield for NASA’s first space-bound Orion capsule, threatening to delay its uncrewed flight test next year.

NASA knew its chosen heat shield material could crack before atmospheric re-entry and has been studying whether any cracks could be serious enough to “threaten the safety of the crew and success of the mission,” the Government Accountability Office report said.

NASA says the mission known as Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1, is on schedule for September 2014, and that cracking concerns have diminished since the GAO reviewed the issue last summer.

“Since then, through material testing, thermal coatings, computer analysis and operational control, we’ve significantly lowered the likelihood of surface cracking during EFT-1 and believe we will obtain the necessary test data,” said Rachel Kraft, a spokeswoman at NASA headquarters.

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NASA: Final Reaction Control System Pod Arrives for Orion EFT-1:
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The last of eight reaction control system (RCS) pods for NASA’s Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) arrived this week at Kennedy Space Center’s Operations and Checkout Building (O&C) from the manufacturer, Aerojet, in Redmond, Wash.

“Arrival of the final reaction control system pod marks a significant milestone as we prepare NASA’s Orion crew module for its first flight test,” said Glenn Chinn, the deputy manager of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program in Kennedy’s Orion Production Operations Office.

“The pods will provide the critical maneuvers necessary for Orion’s re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.”

The first set of pods arrived at Kennedy on Feb. 18, with subsequent pods arriving March 11, and April 5 and 19.

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Parabolic Arc: NASA Turns Up the Heat on Construction for First Orion Test Flight
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NASASpaceflight: EFT-1: Delta IV-H set for shipping to Florida next March
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Orion's Heat Shield Takes Shape
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this kind of air-floating method for moving heavy instruments seems interesting, specially if noise level and its sensitivity on floor damages be acceptable. is it a common method in industry or a fully new way?

Does x-ray scan, do only for random parts of it or entire Heat Shield must be scanned?

Is that Heat Shield (that we seen in this video) on its final processes? and if not, what other processes will be done?

lots of questions
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SPACE.com: Debut Test Flight Looms for Orion, NASA's Next Manned Spaceship
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NASA: RELEASE 13-313 - NASA's Orion Spacecraft Comes to Life:
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NASA's first-ever deep space craft, Orion, has been powered on for the first time, marking a major milestone in the final year of preparations for flight.

Orion's avionics system was installed on the crew module and powered up for a series of systems tests at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida last week. Preliminary data indicate Orion's vehicle management computer, as well as its innovative power and data distribution system -- which use state-of-the-art networking capabilities -- performed as expected.

All of Orion's avionics systems will be put to the test during its first mission, Exploration Flight Test-1(EFT-1), targeted to launch in the fall of 2014.

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NBCNEWS Science: Debut test flight looms for Orion, NASA's next manned spaceship
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Go Orion!

Something awesome about the news that Orion came online and everything was nominal.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:25 AM   #75
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 Go Orion!

Something awesome about the news that Orion came online and everything was nominal.
Getting more real all the time.
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