June 19th, 2014 11:50 EST
NASA's Orion Spacecraft Will Take Humans into Next Dimension of Space Exploration
"The great space agency of NASA is like the old saying of curiosity killed the cat but in this case the old saying should instead read, Curiosity stunned the cat because NASA is always stunning us with new findings of neat things about space that tickles our great sense of human curiosity." (Anselm, R.)
This is a good thing for NASA to always to be looking for ways to launch humans, humans being astronauts further into the deep space of the unknown to like the old Star Trek saying goes, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new civilizations, and boldly go where no man has gone before.
NASA is currently in the final stages of completing the new project for the Orion crew module for Exploration Flight Test-1. Currently in December, NASA is planning to launch Orion into 3,600 miles into space in a four-hour flight test the systems that will be critical and crucial for the survival of future humans (astronauts) missions into deep space.
Orion is currently being assembled at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The engineers on this project began stacking the crew module on top of the already completed service modules which was the first step in moving the three primary Orion elements which consist of the crew module, service module, and launch abort system into the correct configuration to be able to be ready to launch.
Mark Geyer who is the Orion Program Manager commented on this by saying, "Now that we`re getting so close to launch, the spacecraft completion work is visible every day. Orion`s flight test will provide us with important data that will help us test out systems and further refine the design so we can safely send humans far into the solar system to uncover new scientific discoveries on future missions."
After the Orion module is completely assembled, the engineers will test and put the spacecraft through electrical, avionic, and radio frequency tests.
Once all systems are a go the upcoming launch test will be known as an unscrewed flight that will again take the Orion spacecraft 3,600 miles above the Earth and a 4.5 hour mission that will perform a complete test of the spacecraft. Part of the mission an test will consist of Orion zooming towards Earth at 20,000 miles an hour before its parachute system will be deployed to hopefully and I am sure the NASA engineers are biting their nails on this one, be able to slow the spacecraft down for a imperative splash down somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
Once the spacecraft is safely floating in the Pacific Ocean the NASA Ground Systems Development and Operations Program also based at the Kennedy Space Center along with the U.S.L Navy will recover the spacecraft.
NASA`s Orion Spacecraft Stacks Up for First Flight, (http://www.nasa.gov/orion). Retrieved 2014.
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