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January 13-19, 2014 / Vol 33, No 2 / Hawai`i Island, USA

10 Jan 2014, 21:40 UTC
January 13-19, 2014 / Vol 33, No 2 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Orion on Track for First Space Flight Test The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, designed to take humans farther into space than ever before, is on schedule for a September 18 Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Upcoming ground and air drop tests will validate the Forward Bay Cover jettison [...]

Orion on Track for First Space Flight Test

The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, designed to take humans farther into space than ever before, is on schedule for a September 18 Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Upcoming ground and air drop tests will validate the Forward Bay Cover jettison system allowing for parachute deployment. The heat shield will be attached this spring and protect the spacecraft and crew from temperatures close to 2,204°C (4,000°F). A Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch Orion to 5,794-km altitude – about 15 times higher than the ISS and 1/66th the distance to the Moon. After a 2-orbit 4-hour flight, Orion will reenter Earth atmosphere around 32,000 kph and use three 136-kg main parachutes to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at 32 kph. Data collected from avionics, heat shielding, parachutes and other systems ...

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