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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Orion Update #2: Paving the Way for Exploration Mission-1...

At NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana, engineers work on a full-scale pathfinder article for the Orion EM-1 spacecraft...which officially begins construction in about a month or so.
NASA

Welding Preparations For Orion Spacecraft at Michoud Assembly Facility (Press Release)

At NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, engineers are welding together the Orion crew module pathfinder in preparation for the welding process set to begin later this summer on the Orion spacecraft for Exploration Mission-1. This pathfinder, including the barrel section shown here, is a full-scale version of the current spacecraft design. It is used to demonstrate the manufacturing and assembly procedures that will be used to produce flight hardware for Orion’s next mission, when the spacecraft will fly atop the agency’s Space Launch System rocket. Several pieces of Orion’s primary structure for that mission have already arrived at Michoud for processing.

Source: NASA.Gov

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Components of the full-scale pathfinder article and the Orion EM-1 spacecraft itself...which officially begins construction in about a month or so.
NASA

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