Orion Spacecraft

  • After fears that it might require disassembly, Lockheed Martin has completed work on the Artemis I Orion spacecraft and has formally transferred possession to NASA's Exploration Ground Systems team at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • NASA and ESA have formally entered into a partnership agreement for building NASA's Artemis Gateway deep space outpost. The agreement signed on Tuesday is part of the US effort to attract international partners for the lunar exploration project.
  • NASA has signed contracts with Lockheed Martin for six Orion spacecraft, with the option for another six to be ordered by 2030 for a potential total of 12.
  • NASA has put a key component of its Orion deep-space probe through its paces, conducting a static firing of the main engine. The purpose of the 12-minute test of the qualification version of the propulsion system was to demonstrate its ability to return the capsule safely to Earth in an emergency.
  • Lockheed Martin says that it has completed the final assembly phase​ of the first full Orion spacecraft. At a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, US Vice President Mike Pence made the public announcement at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
  • The European Service Module for the 25-day unmanned Exploration Mission-1 Orion mission in June 2020 has completed final system integration at the Airbus facility in Bremen, Germany after technicians installed the last radiator unit.
  • A key system for the first manned Orion deep space mission has been cleared for flight after NASA completed the final tests of the crew capsule parachutes on Wednesday. At the US Army Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, the last of of eight tests were completed using a dummy Orion capsule.
  • Lockheed Martin says its technicians at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans have finished work on the inner capsule or pressure vessel of the Orion Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2) spacecraft, which is now at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • To help develop the next generation of both spacesuits and astronauts, non-profit research organization PoSSUM is preparing to conduct splashdown tests of a new commercial spacesuit, with the help of ten student and citizen scientist-astronaut candidates.
  • This week, Lockheed Martin technicians and engineers welded together the first two components of the Orion crew capsule for Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2), which will carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit for the first time in almost 50 years.
  • The US Navy has completed the latest in a series of sea trials to work out the bugs of recovering NASA's Orion space capsule after its end of mission splashdown. The USS Anchorage (LPD 23) completed Underway Recovery Test-6 (URT-6) on January 23.
  • A mock Orion space capsule is helping to ensure that astronauts return safely to Earth. The full-scale simulated spacecraft is part of project by a Kansas State University kinesiology team to study the physical challenges faced by astronauts returning to Earth after prolonged space missions.