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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Orion Update...

The Orion EFT-1 spacecraft is about to undergo a vibration test inside the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA / Daniel Casper

As of today, substantial progress is being made on the Orion vehicle that will fly on Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1 later this year...as well as future Orion capsules that will soar into deep space with astronauts aboard less than a decade from now. As shown above, Orion EFT-1 is about to undergo a vibration test inside the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Also being prepped for lift-off at KSC are the ogive panels (first two photos below) of the Launch Abort System that will enshroud and protect Orion during its ascent into space this December. And last but not least, another parachute test took place in Arizona today which successfully demonstrated that Orion's main chutes will properly inflate without the use of drogue chutes in a low-altitude launch abort scenario...as well as validating new risers that will be used on the parachute lines for all Orion capsules that fly after the EFT-1 mission. A new era for NASA's human spaceflight program is heating up.

The ogive panels that will comprise the Launch Abort System for Orion EFT-1 are about to be prepped for flight at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA / Daniel Casper

The ogive panels that will comprise the Launch Abort System for Orion EFT-1 are about to be prepped for flight at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA / Daniel Casper

The three main parachutes on the Orion test article successfully deploy above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, on April 23, 2014.
NASA

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