NASA’s Orion Structural Construction Completed As The Spacecraft Enters The Final Assembly Phase


Lockheed Martin technicians from the NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans announced that the NASA’s Orion structural construction is done as they finished working on the inner capsule of the spacecraft also known as Orion Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2). Now the Orion spaceship, designed to carry human crews in outer space, entered its final assembly phase.

Dubbed as the only exploration-class spaceship in the world, NASA’s Orion is currently Kennedy Space Center in Florida and it is the second variant of the first Orion capsule which conducted an unmanned mission, the Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), on December 5th, 2014.

Now, back to the new, improved Orion capsule, this one is currently prepared for its first test flight which is expected to take place in 2020 when a Space Launch System (SLS) rocket launches the capsule in outer space. As for its first manned missions, NASA’s Orion is expected to take the first human crew in space in 2023.

NASA’s Orion had its inner capsule completed and is now in its final assembly phase

Orion spacecraft’s inner vessel is the “heart” of the whole system, offering a pressurized environment and protection for its future crew members against the tough conditions of traveling in deep space

“We’re all taking extra care with this build and assembly, knowing that this spaceship is going to take astronauts back to the Moon for the first time in four decades,” explained Matt Walo from the Lockheed Martin Orion Production at Michoud.

“It’s amazing to think that, one day soon, the crew will watch the sun rise over the lunar horizon through the windows of this pressure vessel. We’re all humbled and proud to be doing our part for the future of exploration,” the engineer added.

Lockheed Martin technicians informed that the inner capsule, also known as the pressurized vessel, is made of even large, machined aluminum alloy pieces, connected one to the other to compose the airtight compartment. Now the NASA’s Orion entered in its final assembly phase at the Kennedy Space Center where it has been since August 24th.


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