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Old 03-21-2012, 07:49 PM   #16
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Universe Today: Orion Crew Capsule Targeted for 2014 Leap to High Orbit


Orion Video Caption – Orion: Exploration Flight Test-1 Animation (with narration by Jay Estes). This animation depicts the proposed test flight of the Orion spacecraft in 2014. Narration by Jay Estes, Deputy for flight test integration in the Orion program.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:54 PM   #17
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NASA:
Test Version of Orion Arrives at KSC

April 24, 2012

The Orion Ground Test Vehicle arrived at the Operation & Checkout (O&C) Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on Saturday, April 21. The vehicle traveled more than 1,800 miles from Lockheed Martin's Waterton Facility near Denver where it successfully completed a series of rigorous tests that simulated launch and spaceflight environments.

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A test version of Orion arrived at KSC’s Operations & Checkout Facility on April 21, 2012. This test model will be used for ground operations practice in advance of Exploration Flight Test-1, scheduled for 2014.
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The ground test vehicle will now be used for pathfinding operations at the O&C in preparation for the Orion spaceflight test vehicle's arrival this summer. The spacecraft is currently being fabricated at NASA’s MIchoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and is slated for NASA’s Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) in 2014. The Orion team is nearing completion of welds on the Orion flight test crew module using the innovative self-reacting friction stir weld process.

Orion will be fully assembled and integrated on site at KSC, a new capability that provides significant time and cost savings. The O&C’s 90,000 square feet of air-bearing floor space and specially designed air-bearing pallets enable a small crew to effortlessly maneuver spacecraft across the factory floor.

After pathfinding operations are completed, new backshell panels will be installed on the ground test vehicle at the O&C prior to the vehicle’s trek to Langley Research Center in Virginia for splash down testing at NASA's Hydro Impact Basin.

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Old 05-03-2012, 09:40 PM   #18
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:53 PM   #19
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Thread updated to reflect patch.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:30 AM   #20
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...Why did they have to style it like idiotic textspeak? OR1ON? Seriously?
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:38 AM   #21
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Because they want everyone to know that NASA is 'hip' and 'down with the space travel stuff?'
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:39 AM   #22
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Well, I'm going to pronounce it Or-one-on now.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:42 AM   #23
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Actually . . . *wiping egg from face* the '1' has to do with the clever correlation of mission number to the patch.
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 Actually . . . *wiping egg from face* the '1' has to do with the clever correlation of mission number to the patch.
I'm well aware of that. I still think it looks silly
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:13 AM   #25
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 I'm well aware of that. I still think it looks silly
It looks very silly. But it will look better once the thing actually gets into orbit.

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Old 05-04-2012, 03:18 AM   #26
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...into orbit, and back to the ocean without looking like a burnt marshmallow. And then, to be reused. Yes, that works for me.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:29 AM   #27
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The patch looks fine to me...
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:31 AM   #28
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 The patch looks fine to me...
I like the design a lot. Its just the 1 in Orion. It is silly.
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 The patch looks fine to me...
The patch itself is good, it's just the decision to replace the I with a 1...
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:41 AM   #30
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That will be similar to the orbit paths made by one of Apollo missions many decades ago?
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