Engineers at several NASA centers built the Orion test article that has many of the design features and the same mass as the capsule that will carry crew. This test scheduled for 2 July 2019 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is designed to focus on Orion’s launch abort capabilities, and all required data will be captured by the data recorders, so the crew module used for Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test will not deploy parachutes after the abort system […]
Traveling at a top speed of .7-mile-per-hour, the mobile launcher made its inaugural trek along the crawlerway to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B for a quick fit check during late August and early September 2018. Key systems being checked out over the next several days include ensuring the water suppression systems align and the environmental control system that provides air and gaseous nitrogen purges to the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket through the umbilicals hooks up properly with the […]
The mobile launcher (ML) is the ground structure that will be used to assemble, process and launch NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft from Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center for missions to deep space destinations, such as the Moon, Mars and beyond. The SLS, topped by the Orion spacecraft, will be stacked atop the mobile launcher while inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Afterward the mobile launcher will be moved by the crawler-transporter over four […]
With the constellation of Orion visible in the sky, the past weekend’s so-called “supermoon” illuminates the Indian River Lagoon and the slow moving clouds in this nighttime time exposure from the Fort Pierce waterfront looking southward.
Living in Florida, there sometimes appears to be only two seasons. One hot, and one not-so-hot. Sadly, the not-so-hot season, which normal people in other places call winter, is all too short. Great masses of cold air fighting their way southward down from the Arctic usually peter out before they can cross the state line, let alone making it halfway down the peninsula to cool all the hotheads clinging desperately to the paradise fantasy. As I am constantly looking up […]
Photos from the NASA Innovation Expo held at Kennedy Space Center on 16 October 2015. An amazing event providing a glimpse into the future of spaceflight and some of the futuristic and practical applications that a lot of this new spaceflight technology will bring to life on Earth. The Expo provided opportunities to hold a carefully machined satellite part or to view a transmission system based entirely of light waves that is even now being installed in buildings around the […]
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The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) still sits on the ground at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after high winds aloft scrubbed today’s launch attempt. This is the second delay after a faulty range radar called off the first launch attempt on Sunday. Here is an image from Sunday taken at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex of the Orion spacecraft replica with the Rocket Garden towering overhead nearby while waiting for DSCOVR to launch.
Exploration Flight Test-1 to test NASA’s new Orion spacecraft in orbit finally launched on 5 December 2014 after a string of frustrating problems that delayed the launch from the previous day. View the gallery of launch images at http://www.lunarcabin.com/Rocket_Launches/eft1_orion.html
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Exploration Flight Test-1 of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft built to take astronauts back to the Moon and someday to Mars is less than a day away from launch now — weather and technical issues notwithstanding. Liftoff is scheduled for 7:05 a.m. on 4 December 2014. The images show a panorama of Port Canaveral as seen from atop the Port’s new Exploration Tower with cruise ships at left and the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket that will launch Orion, […]
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