Posts Tagged ‘EFT-1’

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EFT-1 Orion targets morning launch on December 4


The long-awaited debut flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft has been scheduled for a morning launch on December 4, a major milestone after nearly 10 years of development. With…

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Orion conducts final full system parachute test ahead of EFT-1


As the launch date for Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) closes in, the Orion team conducted the final major parachute testing ahead of gaining data from an actual…

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EFT-1 Orion’s heat shield installed ahead of key flight test


The huge heat shield that will protect the first Orion’s return from space has been installed on to the spacecraft. Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-) – set to…

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Evolving plans: No human rating for ICPS for SLS EM-1 mission


With SLS on track to make its debut launch in December 2017 from Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, NASA continues its efforts to refine the…

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EFT-1 Orion’s brain becomes active ahead of flight


The Orion for the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) mission has completed its avionics system testing inside Kennedy Space Center’s Operations & Checkout (O&C) Building. The testing follows…

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EFT-1 Orion slips to December – Allows military satellite to launch first


Orion’s first trip into space has been delayed by nearly three months, following a manifest decision that prioritized the launch of a military satellite for the¬†Geosynchronous Space Situational…

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US Navy Eightballers to monitor EFT-1 Orion’s return


The United States Navy are deep into preparations for supporting the key test milestones for NASA’s Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) mission. The Navy are involved both on…

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Heat Shield for EFT-1 Orion arrives at KSC


The processing flow is heating up for the first Orion set to launch into space, as key elements of the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) mission arrive for…

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Piecing together and blowing apart – EFT-1 Orion progress


NASA’s Orion spacecraft is deep into the business end of its preparations for the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) next year, with associated hardware providing a glimpse into…

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EFT-1 Orion comes to life via first power up


The Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion has been powered up for the first time ahead of its launch next summer.¬†The test – conducted inside the Operations and…

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Orion rallying call as EFT-1 closes in on T-12 months


NASA brought out the big guns this week to rally the Orion workforce with an address aimed at highlighting the “huge amount of progress” that has been made…

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Orion successfully demonstrates safe landing under two parachutes


NASA’s Orion spacecraft successfully achieved a contingency landing scenario on Wednesday, returning under just two of its three parachutes. The test – conducted at the U.S. Army’s Yuma…

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EFT-1 Orion team enter final leg of preparations and testing


With the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) mission now at the T-15 months stage, Orion teams on land and at sea are deep into preparations for the key…

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EFT-1: Delta IV-H set for shipping to Florida next March


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy – that is set to launch the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion into space next year – has passed…

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EFT-1 Orion has its secondary structures installed


The first Orion set to launch into space is now looking more like an actual spaceship, as engineers installed the secondary structures around the capsule. The Exploration Flight…

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NASA sign up US Navy for opening three Orion splashdowns


An agreement has been signed with the United States Navy to provide splashdown recovery support for NASA’s Orion spacecraft through to the crewed Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2). The…

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ATK Launch Abort hardware arrives at KSC ahead of EFT-1


Launch Abort System (LAS) hardware for the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) mission has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for integration on the Orion that will…

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Safety Panel impressed with challenged Exploration Program


NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) have provided a report to NASA administrator Charlie Bolden stating they are impressed with the Agency’s work towards the opening missions for…

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Orion processing heats up ahead of EFT-1 mission


NASA’s first Orion to head into space is continuing to be pieced together, with a major milestone – involving the first flight ready heat shield – now complete….

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SLS and Orion endure rigorous wind tunnel testing


Both the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion crew capsule have continued their wind tunnel testing this month, with the Block 1 Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (HLV)…