Image: Orion ground test vehicle arrives at Kennedy

April 27, 2012
Credit: NASA

The Orion Ground Test Vehicle arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Operations & Checkout (O&C) Facility on April 21.

The vehicle traveled more than 1,800 miles from Lockheed Martin's Waterton Facility near Denver, Colo., where it successfully completed a series of rigorous acoustic, modal and vibration tests that simulated launch and spaceflight environments.

The ground will now be used for pathfinding operations at the O&C in preparation for the Orion spaceflight test vehicle's arrival this summer.

The spaceflight vehicle is currently being fabricated at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La., and is slated for NASA's Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1, in 2014.

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rwinners
5 / 5 (2) Apr 27, 2012
Wow, when you take off the outer cover and reveal all that empty insulation space, it doesn't look so big. Might be a good idea to display it next to an Apollo capsule for scale.
PhotonX
3.7 / 5 (3) Apr 28, 2012
No spacecraft is spacious, of course. Width is 5 meters for Orion vs 3.9 for Apollo. Roughly 9 m3 vs. 6 m3.
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If you ever have the chance, visit the National Air and Space Museum on the Washington D.C. mall. The Apollo 11 capsule sits right up front, along with Mercury and Gemini capsules. You can peek right in, as long as you don't mind a little plexiglas. All of them are sardine cans, not nearly as big as one might get the impression from, say, the Apollo 13 movie.
Isaacsname
not rated yet Apr 28, 2012
I have the Orion constellation as a birthmark, can I volunteer to be the first Isaac in space ?

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