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Old 06-03-2014, 07:53 AM   #106
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Universe Today: "World Largest Heat Shield Attached to NASA’s Orion Crew Capsule for Crucial Fall 2014 Test Flight"
NASASpaceFlight: "EFT-1 Orion’s heat shield installed ahead of key flight test"

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NASA: "Apollo 10 was Moon Landing Rehearsal, EFT-1 Preps for Trips Beyond"

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Old 06-03-2014, 08:34 AM   #107
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Can't wait to see it fly, the Orion program has become extremely smooth and silently operating after the initial troubles. Sadly the European Service Module will not fly until 2017
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:08 PM   #108
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Coming together..
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:37 PM   #109
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NASA: "NASA's Orion Spacecraft Stacks Up for First Flight"
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:51 AM   #110
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Ooooh. Shiny!
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:20 AM   #111
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It would be possible to create an EFT-1 scenario using an already existing delta 4 heavy addon and use an Orion CEV & service module as the payload. The only thing it may need is that modified upper stage engine which someone would have to create from scratch. But most of the hardware for an EFT-1 addon already exists in orbiter hangar. I do hope someone takes the time to create it. The time for EFT-1 is near, only 6 months away. I'm still learning the ropes for creating an addon but I'm not quite at that level yet.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:19 PM   #112
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Aiming for a launch at 8:03am EST, December 4th. Window extends an hour.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:22 PM   #113
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It's a bit sad that NASA won't be doing another mission after this until 2017, and no manned mission until 2020. Will the SLS really only be tested once (2017) before a manned flight? This sort of confuses me. And why was Constellation cancelled? The SLS is quite similar to the Ares V.

Anyways, does NASA plan to use SpaceX or other private companies for ISS flights? Or are we going to keep the Soyuz deal going?
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:33 PM   #114
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 It's a bit sad that NASA won't be doing another mission after this until 2017, and no manned mission until 2020. Will the SLS really only be tested once (2017) before a manned flight? This sort of confuses me. And why was Constellation cancelled? The SLS is quite similar to the Ares V.

Anyways, does NASA plan to use SpaceX or other private companies for ISS flights? Or are we going to keep the Soyuz deal going?
You haven't heard of the Commercial Crew Program? SpaceX and NASA plans to start sending manned Dragon missions to the International Space Station in 2017, with a manned test flight in 2016. Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser and Boeing's CST-100 are also in the league to send people to the ISS.






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Old 08-08-2014, 01:47 PM   #115
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 Ooooh. Shiny!
Is that the actual exterior of the vessel, or is a pressure hull sans TPS?

Nice bling if that is what it will look like in flight.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:34 PM   #116
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I meant it more along the lines of Firefly-speak shiny, but in the picture it is/was literally shiny.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:39 PM   #117
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 Aiming for a launch at 8:03am EST, December 4th. Window extends an hour.
NSF just put up a nice long-form summary of the program to this point:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/...ch-december-4/

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 And why was Constellation cancelled? The SLS is quite similar to the Ares V.
Read through the Augustine Commission report.
http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/396093main_H...inalReport.pdf
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:10 PM   #118
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The first ever Orion spacecraft has been completed! Next up EFT-1 will be transferred to another facility to be fueled, and then fitted with the LAS, before being fitted atop the Delta IV Heavy at SLC-37B.





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Old 09-08-2014, 05:38 PM   #119
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Hard to believe in only a dozen weeks' time, that thing is supposed to be in orbit. A lot of us doubted the day would ever come, but here we are now and the launch is well within sight.

Here's to great success in this new era of US Human Spaceflight
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:57 PM   #120
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Man, I'd really like to see what the final cockpit configuration is going to be.
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