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Old 11-03-2013, 10:32 PM   #76
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I found this image on the Florida Today live webcam page for LC-39. Is this Orion being encapsulated?

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Old 11-03-2013, 10:37 PM   #77
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 I found this image on the Florida Today live webcam page for LC-39. Is this Orion being encapsulated?
That's the Orion Ground Test Article (GTA) in VAB High Bay 4 undergoing simulated stacking procedures. Photos can be found here: http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=241
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:26 AM   #78
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 That's the Orion Ground Test Article (GTA) in VAB High Bay 4 undergoing simulated stacking procedures. Photos can be found here: http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=241
Yes, I remember seeing that when we visited the VAB in August. I think its just a boilerplate though, no actual flight hardware?
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Old 11-09-2013, 06:57 PM   #79
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NASA: NASA's Orion Sees Flawless Fairing Separation in Second Test:
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The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA's Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a test of a system that will protect Orion during its first trip to space next year.

The panels, called fairings, encase Orion's service module and shield it from the heat, wind and acoustics it will experience during the spacecraft's climb into space. The service module, located directly below the crew capsule, will contain the in-space propulsion capability for orbital transfer, attitude control and high-altitude ascent aborts when Orion begins carrying humans in 2021. It also will generate and store power and provide thermal control, water and air for the astronauts. The service module will remain connected to the crew module until just before the capsule returns to Earth. During Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the spacecraft's flight test next year, a test service module will be attached to the capsule.

"Hardware separation events like this are absolutely critical to the mission and some of the more complicated things we do," said Mark Geyer, Orion program manager at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "We want to know we've got the design exactly right and that it can be counted on in space before we ever launch."

Unlike conventional rocket fairings, these panels are designed to support half of the weight of Orion's crew module and launch abort system during launch and ascent, which improves performance, saves weight and maximizes the size and capability of the spacecraft. Each panel is 14 feet high and 13 feet wide.

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The three panels or fairings encapsulating a stand-in for Orionís service module successfully detach and fall into the Fairing Catch System during a test Nov. 6, 2013 at Lockheed Martinís facility in Sunnyvale, Calif.
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The three panels or fairings encapsulating a stand-in for Orionís service module successfully detach and fall into the Fairing Catch System during a test Nov. 6, 2013 at Lockheed Martinís facility in Sunnyvale, Calif.
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The three panels or fairing that moments before encapsulated a stand-in for Orionís service module lay safely in the Fairing Catch System after a test demonstrating their detachment system on Nov. 6, 2013, at Lockheed Martinís facility in Sunnyvale, Calif.
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:13 AM   #82
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NASASpaceflight: Heat Shield for EFT-1 Orion arrives at KSC
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:17 PM   #83
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The Delta IV Heavy for this mission is being shipped!

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Old 03-06-2014, 10:06 PM   #84
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Now arrived in Florida.
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:03 AM   #85
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That's only the starboard and center CBCs. The port CBC and 5m DCSS will be delivered from Decatur to CCAFS in April.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:37 AM   #86
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It's great to see US space plans finally materializing. It's been quite a while.
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:54 PM   #87
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Via NASA Facebook.
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Boosters for Orion Spacecraft's First Flight Test Arrive at Port Canaveral, Florida - A barge arrives at the U.S. Army Outpost wharf at Port Canaveral in Florida, carrying two of the three United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy boosters for NASA’s upcoming Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) with the Orion spacecraft. The core booster and starboard booster will be offloaded and then transported to the Horizontal Integration Facility, or HIF, at Space Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The port booster and the upper stage are planned to be shipped to Cape Canaveral in April. At the HIF, all three boosters will be processed and checked out before being moved to the nearby launch pad and hoisted into position.

Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations in deep space, including an asteroid and Mars.

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Old 03-13-2014, 07:13 PM   #88
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Delayed until December 4th, 2014. Delay is unrelated to the Orion, instead it's related to the launch manifest having been pushed around.
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:35 PM   #89
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The first test flight of NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle has been delayed to early December to accommodate a U.S. military payload in United Launch Alliance's Delta 4 launch manifest, officials announced late Friday.

Man, please stop with those heavy military satellites... There's not even a small window for civilian payloads !
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indeed...
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