Satellite Technology Feature Article
NASA Spacecraft Module Unveiled
By Lyndsay Krisel, TMCnet Contributor
It sure doesn’t look like any spacecraft carrier or rocket ship yet, but NASA certainly has much in mind for their new olive-green Orion crew module set to release in 2014. The team of congressional and space industry leaders are full of excitement over the new capsule, as it is the first space-bound space craft designed to take astronauts beyond Earth and into the solar system. Unveiled on July 2nd, was word that the Orion Capsule is set to arrive at the Kennedy Space Center in 2014 for an unmanned test flight, based on the Huffington Post’s (News - Alert) reports.
“Isn’t this beautiful,” explained Senator Bill Nelson to an audience of more than 450 Orion team members gawking at the unfinished spacecraft capsule. “I know there are a lot of people here who can’t wait to get their hands and fingers on this hardware.”
“We are really proud of it,” said NASA Deputy Administrator, Lori Garver in an interview with Space.com. “It is going to start looking more like the shape of a capsule soon. But to me, it looks like the future.”
The Orion Capsule, recently arrived in Florida, sits inside Kennedy’s Operations and Checkout building, and is said to shape the future of air crafting and carrying people all throughout space higher and faster than any other capsule since the Apollo moon missions.
“The future is here, now,” Kennedy Space Center’s director, Robert Cabana, said. “The vehicle we see here today is not a PowerPoint chart. It is a real spacecraft moving toward a test flight in 2014.”
The test flight, recognized as the Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), is set to launch in the spring of 2014, atop a United Launch Alliance Delta-4 Heavy rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
“This is a milestone moment for the Space Coast, NASA and America’s space program,” Garver stated. “It is a new and exciting chapter in America’s great space exploration story, one that will see more discoveries, more scientific return and more people and Americans going into space and going places that have never before been visited.”
“In opportunity for new explorations and discoveries to be revealed in space, our team works very diligently to provide the best spacecraft carriers, so in support of their efforts, when the Orion Capsule is fully equipped and ready for takeoff, the only thought that comes to mind is “To infinity and Beyond.”
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Edited by Brooke Neuman