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Orion Crew Module Comes Alive at T Minus 1 Year to Maiden Blastoff
universetoday.com ^ | November 2, 2013 | Ken Kremer on

Posted on 11/02/2013 5:16:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin

“Power On” marks a major milestone ahead of the maiden space bound Orion test flight dubbed “EFT-1” – now at T-Minus 1 year and counting!

NASA and prime contractor Lockheed Martin recently granted Universe Today an exclusive in depth inspection tour of the impressive Orion EFT-1 crew module, service module and associated hardware destined for the crucial unmanned test flight slated for liftoff from Cape Canaveral in September 2014.

“We are moving fast!” said Jules Schneider, Orion Project manager for Lockheed Martin at KSC, during an exclusive interview with Universe Today as we spoke beside the Orion EFT-1 spacecraft inside the clean room

(Excerpt) Read more at universetoday.com ...


TOPICS: Travel
KEYWORDS: aerospace; nasa; orion

1 posted on 11/02/2013 5:16:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
We used to call this a 'smoke test'.

/johnny

2 posted on 11/02/2013 5:19:13 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BenLurkin

Technicians work inside the Orion crew module being built at Kennedy Space Center to prepare it for its first power on. Turning the avionics system inside the capsule on for the first time marks a major milestone in Orion’s final year of preparations before its first mission, Exploration Flight Test 1. Credit: Lockheed Martin
Story updated
3 posted on 11/02/2013 5:31:23 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: BenLurkin
President Obama told NASA administrator Charles Bolden that his highest priority should be "to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering."

Probably NASA will put a crescent moon on the Orion

4 posted on 11/02/2013 5:34:06 PM PDT by Popman
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To: BenLurkin

Hatch looks too big.


5 posted on 11/02/2013 5:41:32 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

When the rest of the outer hull and associated equipment is put on, the hatch will be considerably smaller. Unlike Apollo, this hatch is on the side of the spacecraft and not over the center couch. Still, I can’t wait to see the launch of our new spacecraft and new program. Should be a neat show.


6 posted on 11/02/2013 5:47:56 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (LIV's are products of an incomplete education.)
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To: BenLurkin
I guess they are adding more dates to their world tour.



More serious note, I hope this succeeds in the face of budget cuts/shifting $$$$ towards ditch digging adventures called "the Stimulus".
7 posted on 11/02/2013 5:48:31 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: PIF

Looks like the Apollo capsule, only bigger!


8 posted on 11/02/2013 6:25:21 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: BenLurkin

Proud Papa moment.

One of our daughters is a systems engineer on Orion. Glad to see things progressing on this.

Her first project was the Fluids & Combustion Facility lab module for the ISS. She got passes for Mrs BN & I to watch the night launch up close with the astronaut families & other VIPs.

Awesome sight! (and SOUND!!!)


9 posted on 11/02/2013 6:26:20 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. J.F. Kennedy)
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To: BenLurkin

What total junk. What a waste of NASA resources. This does NOTHING to make Muslims feel good about themselves. We all know NASA’s number one priority is the self esteem of Muslims.


10 posted on 11/02/2013 6:30:24 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: BenLurkin

What? I thought Obama cancelled manned space flight, to increase funding for “Muslim outreach”?


11 posted on 11/02/2013 6:38:02 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: PIF

IS it me or does it look like an empty shell inside? I think the only thing they’ve powered up is the fluorescent light inside.


12 posted on 11/02/2013 7:06:52 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Popman
Probably NASA will put a crescent moon on the Orion

It would have to be a RED crescent moon if they wanted to make it "middle eastern." The RED Cross in the middle east is called the RED Crescent.

13 posted on 11/02/2013 7:24:28 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Lx
IS it me or does it look like an empty shell inside? I think the only thing they’ve powered up is the fluorescent light inside.

LOL!! It's all for show, ya know. But, it makes for good boobus-toobus talk and gets everyone's water warm.

It's an empty shell but who cares? It's SPACE, the FINAL FRONTIER!!

14 posted on 11/02/2013 7:26:34 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: BenLurkin

“We are moving fast!”

Reinventing the Apollo capsule should be a cakewalk if they can read the old fashioned blueprints and sliderule calculations.


15 posted on 11/02/2013 8:22:18 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: cloudmountain

Ooh, ooh, way cool! I had no idea!

I watched the first moon landing on a black and white
TV. At a hunting club in western Massachusetts!

Since then I’ve seen a shuttle launch and
landing up close.

Can the warp drive be imminent?


16 posted on 11/02/2013 9:06:38 PM PDT by theneanderthal
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To: cloudmountain

Eric the Red, Amerigo Van Spucci, Columbus,
it’s out there! For human beings.


17 posted on 11/02/2013 9:18:50 PM PDT by theneanderthal
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To: BenLurkin

Do we have a rocket on which to mount this capsule?


18 posted on 11/02/2013 10:48:21 PM PDT by MacNaughton
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To: MacNaughton

I think it’s going to be an Atlas at first and then the big SpaceX booster later.


19 posted on 11/03/2013 3:07:46 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: MacNaughton

I was wrong:

Orion EFT-1 will blastoff atop a mammoth United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket – the most powerful booster in America’s arsenal since the shuttle’s retirement in 2011.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/105687/orion-crew-module-comes-alive-at-t-minus-1-year-to-maiden-blastoff/#ixzz2ja19Gqu2


20 posted on 11/03/2013 3:11:23 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: theneanderthal
Can the warp drive be imminent?

Unfortunately, no.
There is no fuel that we know of that can propel any air vehicle the speed of light-plus. Great idea though. Apparently, it's all about fuel.

21 posted on 11/03/2013 8:07:25 PM PST by cloudmountain
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