August 31st, 2018
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – NASA and Lockheed Martin Are you ready for the first crewed flight of the agency's "exploration-class" spacecraft, Orion, on a mission that should see you return to a trajectory? 45 years. These latest milestone saw components that will fit the spacecraft assembled and shipped to Kennedy Space Center.
With the Moon reestablished as the U.S. Space Agency's first target for crewed deep space exploration efforts, the Mandate for Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2) may be considered a "pathfinder" by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and the 10 other Moonwalkers who made history under NASA's Apollo Program.
If everything goes according to plan, EM-2 wants to crew the Orion spacecraft. NASA wants to demonstrate that the duo can perform as advertised during an uncrewed mission. Enter EM-1.
Exploration Mission 1 is being readied for June 2020 launch date. On July 25 This year (2018), the heat shield for the uncrewed Orion that is slated to conduct this mission.
"Installation of the EM-1 crew module is a significant shield Milestone represents the beginning of the assembly, "said Jules Schneider, Lockheed Martin Orion's senior manager for KSC Operations. When the heat shield is installed, access to components becomes more difficult, and in some cases there is no more access.
While the EM-1 Orion is Coming Together, Lockheed Martin is not slowing down in its efforts to establish the infrastructure NASA has been developing to Reignite the Agency's Deep Space Ambitions. Commonality "The EM-1 and EM-2 crew modules are very similar in design, but we've." EM-1, including processes, scheduling, and supply chain, all contributing to a lower cost and faster manufacturing, "said Paul Anderson director of Orion EM-2 production at Lockheed Martin.
EM-2 Orion's capsule structure and its pressure vessel were integrated by engineers at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility located in Louisiana and engineers with Lockheed Martin.
"It's great to see the EM-2 capsule arrive just as we are completing the final assembly of the EM-1 crew module," said Mike Hawes, Lockheed Martin's vice president and program manager for Orion.
The transfer of the vehicle marks the latest milestone in a development and production process that has been going on for about 14 years. If everything goes according to what NASA and its contractors have said, it could be the start of a new era of space exploration.
"We're all taking extra care with this build and assembly, knowing that this "It's going to take astronauts back to the Moon for the first time in four decades," said Matt Wallo, senior manager of Lockheed's Martin Orion Production at Michoud. "It's amazing to think that, one day soon, the crew will watch the Sun rise over the lunar horizon through the windows of this pressure vessel.
The KSC and arrived at the Center on Friday, Aug. 24 where it was transported to the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building. The assembly and integration of the EM-2 crew module should be underway shortly.
Exploration Mission 2 What an aircraft operator has to do with asteroid or asteroid (what had been dubbed the asteroid redirect mission). Since the cancellation of this mission's flight plan, NASA has re-tasked the mission for a lofty goal – the moon itself. EM-2 is now a plan to send a crew of 4 in a lunar flyby mission, one which could last some 21 days.
Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society and Universe Today.