Now that the European Space Agency (ESA) is charged with building the new service module for NASA’s Orion manned spacecraft (full story here), its solar arrays are now expected to use the X-configuration that the ATV vessel uses (ESA’s ATV is being used as the basis of the service module) rather that the previously planned round/circular ones.
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Hyperbola didn’t get its interview with Lockheed Martin Space Systems’ human spaceflight vice president in the end and now the company has released this information about its progress with the Orion crew exploration vehicle’s heat shield.
NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle could be launched by the latest version of Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket by 2019 according to a French government funded study.
The Ariane 5 Mid-Life Evolution (ME) variant, expected to come into operation by 2017, is capable of launching Orion for its missions to the International Space Station and the Moon
There comes a point in any under funded period of transition when grandiose ideas about reaching langrange points and near Earth objects have to give way to more important issues of workforce and industrial infrastructure
As well as progress with the Orion crew exploration vehicle’s LIDS NASA has informed Hyperbola that $15 million is to be spent on docking system work for the agency’s commercial crew and cargo programme and last week the European Space Agency explained that it too was co-operating with NASA on a docking system that is called the Common Berthing and Docking Mechanism
A press release about NASA’s Maximum Launch Abort System test launch can be expected in the next two weeks. Originally scheduled for a 14-month development period and a September 2008 launch test that was put back to no earlier than 27 March this year
It looks like NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle is going to have even more similarities with the space agency’s Apollo command module. The Orion project office tells Hyperbola that come 2015 (take your pick on IOC crewed flight dates) the sea landing of the six crew International Space Station mission spacecraft will have balloons to ensure it can right itself if it flips upside down in the swell
In the next few weeks NASA is to announce its selection for the heat shield material for the Orion crew exploration vehicle’s (CEV) crew module. The space agency has told Hyperbola that assuming “all materials and work is completed” the press release could be published this month, so maybe it will actually be April but either way it is a decision that is at least 14-months late
From 1 May NASA is to start a three-year human machine interface research and development study for defining the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle’s cockpit layout requirements, displays, and for rapidly prototyping the controls. The work may be extended by a further two-years to 30 April 2014
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