Monday, September 12, 2011

ORION MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO FLIGHT... Last Friday, construction began on the first Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) that will launch on its inaugural test flight onboard a Delta IV rocket in the summer of 2013. The first components of the MPCV were welded together at the Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana.

Once welding is complete, the Orion vehicle will be transported from Michoud to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida...where major components such as the heat shield will be attached. At KSC, Orion will undergo final construction and checkout procedures prior to soaring into low-Earth orbit less than two years from now.

The first components of the Orion spacecraft that will soar into low-Earth orbit in 2013 are welded together on September 9, 2011.

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