New Phase of Orion Landing Systems Testing

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NASA Begins New Phase of Orion Landing Systems Testing:

“HAMPTON, Va., April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., began a new phase of testing today for the Orion crew module, NASA’s next generation spacecraft. Now under development, the Orion crew exploration vehicle will carry astronauts to the International Space Station and be part of the space flight system to conduct sustained human exploration of the moon.”

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NASA Brings Orion Spacecraft to National Mall for Public Viewing

NASA Brings Orion Spacecraft to National Mall for Public Viewing:

“WASHINGTON, March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA will showcase the next generation of spacecraft that will return humans to the moon in a day-long public event March 30 on the National Mall in Washington. The full-size mockup of the Orion crew exploration vehicle will be parked on the Mall between 4th and 7th Streets, SW, in front of the National Air and Space Museum. Reporters are invited to attend a briefing by the vehicle at 10 a.m. EDT.

The spacecraft mockup is on its way from water testing at the Naval Surface Warfare Center‘s Carderock Division in Bethesda to open water testing in the Atlantic off the coast of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The goal of the operation, dubbed the Post-landing Orion Recovery Test, or PORT, is to determine what kind of motions the astronaut crew can expect after landing, as well as conditions outside for the recovery team.”

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From PR Newswire: Aerojet Fires Advanced Development Roll Control Thruster Targeted for Ares I Application

Aerojet Fires Advanced Development Roll Control Thruster Targeted for Ares I Application:

“The Ares Roll Control System Advanced Development Program was awarded in the spring of 2007 for development based on Aerojet‘s heritage MR-80 600 lbf-class monopropellant rocket engine. The MR80 had previously flown on the NASA Viking missions to Mars, where it provided throttling of greater than 70:1 for a terminal descent and soft landing. The thruster was redesigned for pulsing application with the new valve and Aerojet also implemented a series of product improvements to reduce the recurring unit costs of the engines. The design improvements were obtained using the Design for Manufacturability and Assembly (DFMA) process which is part of Aerojet’s overall Operational Excellence initiative.”

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