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Old 11-23-2013, 09:57 PM   #496
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ESA: Orion milestone set for May:
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A milestone in developing Europe’s contribution to NASA’s Orion crew vehicle, expected to take human crews beyond Earth orbit later this decade, has been set for next May. The period until then will allow for an indepth design analysis for the proposed European hardware.

Using Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) technology proven in flight, Europe will contribute hardware and expertise to the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

The activity highlights the major involvement of ESA and European industry in this cornerstone NASA project, and is based on the long-standing partnership of the two Agencies across many areas of human and robotic spaceflight.

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Space News: ESA Work on Orion Propulsion System Delayed Six Months
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:38 PM   #497
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They should market that drop test procedure as a fairground ride of some sort! (I'm half joking.)

It would be the most overpriced water ride in existence though...
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Was the right side plume supposed to change partway through the burn like that?
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Old 10-31-2016, 10:17 PM   #502
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Old 11-01-2016, 08:22 AM   #503
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Orion Test Article on the Move
Thanks for sharing!
I am a little confused what I see here. According to the Youtube description it is the service module test article. What puzzles me is that one side seems to be covered with blank brown metal sheets, while the other side shows the white zig-zag pipes of the heat radiator.
Isn't the heat radiator all around?
Or did they just omit the covers on one side, to better see if pipes are shaken loose during the vibration test?
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:41 AM   #504
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Default NASA and Industry Team Successfully Test Orion Launch Abort Motor





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Orbital ATK-Developed Launch Abort Motor Test Qualifies Motor for Flight, Ensures Astronaut Safety

Dulles, Virginia 15 June 2017 – Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), successfully performed a ground firing test of the abort motor for NASA’s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS) at Orbital ATK’s facility in Promontory, Utah. The launch abort motor is a major part of the LAS, which provides a tremendous enhancement in spaceflight safety for astronauts.


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The abort motor, which stands over 17 feet tall and spans three feet in diameter, has a manifold with four exhaust nozzles. It was fixed into a vertical test stand with its nozzles pointing skyward. Upon ignition, the abort motor fired for five seconds with the exhaust plume flames reaching up to 100 feet in height. The high-impulse motor was specifically developed so the majority of its propellant would be expended in the first three seconds, burning three times faster than a typical motor of this size and delivering the thrust needed to pull the crew module safely away from its launch vehicle. The motor reached 400,000 pounds of thrust in one eighth of a second, as expected.


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Orbital ATK’s next major abort motor milestones include the QM-2 launch abort motor test firing scheduled for late next year in Utah, and the Ascent Abort-2 Flight Test (AA-2) scheduled to take place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in 2019. Previous large-scale tests of the launch abort motor include a development motor test in 2008 and a test of the complete LAS in 2010.

Orbital ATK is responsible for the launch abort motor through a contract to Lockheed Martin – Orion’s prime contractor. The Orion LAS program is managed out of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. Orbital ATK produces the abort motor at its Magna, Utah, facility and the attitude control motor at its Elkton, Maryland, facility. The company also manufactures the composite case for the abort motor at its facility in Clearfield, Utah.
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Old 09-18-2018, 03:54 PM   #505
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Last week at the Airbus integration hall in Bremen, Germany, technicians installed the last radiator on the European Service Module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft marking the module’s finished integration.
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Hu...ation_complete
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I'd very much like to see this thing fly
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:39 PM   #507
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a friend at JSC told me they're going to install a camera on the end of a solar panel to show the outside of Orion in flight. " Golden Eye"
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