Posts Tagged ‘Orion’

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Creating capability foundations for NASA’s exploration roadmap


NASA managers have created new mandates for future exploration systems, as the Agency continues to refine a capability-driven approach to its exploration aspirations. Working in tandem with NASA’s…

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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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Lawmakers discuss potential Mars flyby mission in 2021


Experts and lawmakers reviewed an alternative plan for Orion’s first crewed mission into deep space on Thursday, claiming a Mars flyby mission in 2021 could be viable. The…

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ASAP claim NASA is employing indecision to allow for roadmap flexibility


Concerns have again been raised about NASA’s shaky exploration roadmap, with the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) claiming the Agency has elected to go down the “indecision-is-the-key-to-flexibility” path. Although only…

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SLS launch rate requires repetitive cadence – Gerstenmaier


NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will launch at least once per year, as a “necessary” requirement, according to Bill Gerstenmaier. NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations recently addressed…

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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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SLS upper stage proposals reveal increasing payload-to-destination options


With less than a year to go before the inaugural flight of NASA’s Orion crew capsule and just over four years until the debut of the SLS rocket…

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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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European duo heading for fiery farewells


Two European spacecraft are currently enjoying their final moments high above the planet, as they continue their descent towards a fiery re-entry. ATV-4 – which recently undocked from…

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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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NASA Con Ops Assess Baseline Features for SLS/Orion Mission to Mars


More clues into NASA’s long term goal of sending humans to Mars have been provided in the latest revision of the Space Launch System (SLS) Concept of Operations…

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NASA managers evaluate yearlong deep space asteroid mission


On track for their respective debuts, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion feature front and center in one of NASA’s latest evaluations for a mission to a…

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Orion may require 30 hour orbital checkout prior to TLI


NASA teams are exploring the possibility of launching Orion into a High Elliptical Orbit (HEO), where the spacecraft will remain “parked” for 30 hours. The move – that…

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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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Dual SLS launch campaign required for NASA’s Lunar return


A return to the surface of the Moon would require two Space Launch System (SLS) rockets launching over half a year apart, with a four person crew being…

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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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SLS on track for successful PDR conclusion


The Space Launch System (SLS) is expected to pass its Preliminary Design Review (PDR) when the NASA Board meets on July 31. All “Element Level” PDRs have now…

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EM-1: NASA managers request ambitious changes to debut SLS/Orion mission


Just months after changing Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2) into an asteroid rendezvous mission, NASA managers have issued a Change Request to alter the debut flight of the Space…

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NASA Authorization Act pushes for Moon and Mars priority


The House Science space subcommittee’s 2013 Authorization Act intends to refocus NASA’s exploration path towards prioritizing the goal of landing humans on both the Moon and Mars, according…