Skip to comments.World Largest Heat Shield Attached to NASA’s Orion Crew Capsule for Crucial Fall 2014 Test Flight
Posted on 06/01/2014 8:03:19 AM PDT by BenLurkin
The Orion heat shield is the largest of its kind ever built. Its wider than the Apollo and Mars Science Lab heat shields, Todd Sullivan told Universe Today. Sullivan is the heat shield senior manager at Lockheed Martin, Orions prime contractor.
The heat shield measures 16.5 feet (5 m) in diameter.
Lockheed Martin and NASA technicians mated the heat shield to the bottom of the capsule during assembly work inside the Operations and Checkout High Bay facility at KSC.
It is constructed from a single seamless piece of Avcoat ablator, that was applied by engineers at Textron Defense System near Boston, Mass.
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My understanding is that NASA continues work on Orion because congress mandated it. Both ULA and SpaceX have capsules further along in development also partially funded by NASA. Orion is nothing but slop for the congressional pig trough.
Here’s what SpaceX is up to ...
When I visited the Cape last year, no one seemed in any real rush.
My first impression was “It will never fly”
I want it to fly but the staff at the VAB seemed kind of down.
Didn’t we figure out heat shields in the 1960s? Also, if we hadn’t retired the Space Shuttles, we wouldn’t need to be re-inventing a way to get to the ISS.
Whether SpaceX is progressing or not, America needs to pay attention to, and advance in Space.
I am completely in favor of Space research and development by America.
There’s a photo of the Guppy carrier aircraft in the article. I didn’t know they were still around. It’s been quite a workhorse aircraft. The last use I recall was for transporting the Centaur upper stage for the Atlas rocket.