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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #160 on: 03/03/2018 12:43 pm »
Lockheed Martin technicians test the fitting of the Orion spacecraft's heat shield back shell panels inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The back shell panels serve as the outer layer of the spacecraft and will protect it against the extreme temperatures of re-entry from deep space. Orion is being prepared for its first integrated uncrewed flight atop NASA's Space Launch System rocket on Exploration Mission-1 from Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center.

Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #161 on: 04/25/2018 07:23 pm »
Photos of solar wing panel testing

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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #162 on: 05/25/2018 05:35 pm »
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[email protected] engineers assemble Orion's crew module at @NASAKennedy Operations and Checkout building. Orion will travel 450,000 km away from Earth on Exploration Mission-1.

https://twitter.com/nasa_orion/status/1000030510884753410

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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #163 on: 05/27/2018 06:56 pm »
A selection of more Orion EM-1 images released by Lockheed.

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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #164 on: 05/29/2018 11:13 pm »
A selection of more Orion EM-1 images released by Lockheed.

For some reason, the first photo *F77.jpg gives me the impression of Batman. All it needs is ears, LOL.

Cool photos, thanks!

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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #165 on: 05/30/2018 06:18 pm »
Orion STA Short Stack
 
The Orion structural test article short stack, consisting of the service module and crew module, are being prepared for a model vibration test in a test chamber at Lockheed Martin near Denver. The structural test articles are structural twins of the flight Orion and are used to perform various test to how the structures will perform during launch, flight and landing.

Photo: Lockheed Martin
 

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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #166 on: 05/30/2018 06:19 pm »

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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #167 on: 08/17/2018 04:16 am »
The heat shield has now been installed on the Orion EM-1 capsule:

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/heat-shield-install-brings-orion-spacecraft-closer-to-space

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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #168 on: 08/17/2018 01:33 pm »
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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #170 on: 08/31/2018 05:20 pm »
Preparing America for Deep Space Episode 18 On The Move

NASA Johnson
Published on Aug 31, 2018

Big progress continues to be made in 2018 for NASA’s Orion, Space Launch System (SLS), and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) programs. Teams across America and in Europe are developing and building the spacecraft, rocket, and infrastructure necessary to send humans to deep space destinations including the Moon and beyond. Some major milestones include: Orion – Orion tank integration, Engine Gimbal System Test, and Solar Wing Test in Bremen, Germany, Structural Test Article Testing in Littleton, CO, and Exploration Mission-3 Machining in Fountain Valley, CA and Brea, CA. SLS – Application of thermal protection to Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter, Intertank Structural test article lifted to test stand at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Orion stage adapter loaded onto Super Guppy at MSFC and shipped to Kennedy Space Center (KSC). LOX Flight Hardware move to Area 6 at Michoud Assembly Facility and LH2 Structural Test Article move for thermal protection system processing at MAF. EGS – Flame Deflector Installation at Pad 39B (KSC), Crawler-Transporter 2 move to Pad 39B, Crawler lifts the Mobile Launcher, Water Deluge Test at Pad 39B.
For HD copy: https://archive.org/details/ jsc2018m000717_PreparingAmericaforDeepSpaceEpisode18_On The Move_MXF.mxf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezhKIPfEZII?t=001

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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #172 on: 01/25/2019 04:50 pm »
https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Orion/Radiation_for_dummies

Radiation_for_dummies

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Meet Helga and Zohar, the dummies destined for a pioneering lunar flyby to help protect space travelers from cosmic rays and energetic solar storms.

These two female phantoms will occupy the passenger seats during Orion’s first mission around the Moon, going further than any human has flown before.

Fitted with more than 5600 sensors, the pair will measure the amount of radiation astronauts could be exposed to in future missions with unprecedented precision.

The flight test will take place during NASA’s Exploration Mission-1, an uncrewed trip to the vicinity of the Moon and back to Earth. 

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The two phantoms simulate adult female torsos. Both Helga and Zohar are made up of 38 slices of tissue-equivalent plastics that mimic the varying density of bones, soft tissue and lungs. Similar dummies are used in hospitals to quantify the right dose of radiation for cancer therapies.

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The only difference between the twin dummies is that Zohar will be wearing a radiation protection vest, while Helga will travel unprotected from spaceborne radiation.

This vest is called AstroRad, and has been developed by a start-up company sponsored by the Israel Space Agency.

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Made of polyethylene to better block harmful protons, AstroRad will cover Zohar’s upper body and uterus. Comparing the radiation dose she receives with that of Helga, scientists aim to understand how to better protect future crews.

Credits: DLR & Lockheed Martin/StemRad

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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #173 on: 01/26/2019 04:55 pm »
A 2019 lunar agenda for Orion
Posted on 25 Jan 2019 by Nadjejda
   
The year 2019 comes packed with new beginnings and final tests for the European Service Module, which will power and propel NASA’s Orion spacecraft that is expected to be fully assembled by June.

The second half of the year will also see the signing of a contract with European industry to build and deliver the third European Service Module. During its third trip to the Moon, Orion will carry the first habitable element of the space gateway – a structure that will ultimately allow astronauts to live and work in lunar orbit.

The Crew Module Adapter and the European Service Module, now a single unit, are back at their original workstation at the operations and checkout building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. There, engineers are busy checking electrical connections and installing micrometeoroid and debris protection.

Work between ESA, Airbus and Lockheed Martin is running according to schedule. The agenda for the first European Service Module (ESM-1) is as follows:

•  Mid-February: Orion’s Service Module initial power on and tests.

•  Second quarter: Mating of Orion’s service and crew modules.

•  May: Ascent Abort flight test AA-2.

•  July: Orion transfer to Plum Brook Station test facility.

•  Third quarter: Thermal vacuum, thermal balance, electromagnetic compatibility and interference tests at
    Plum Brook Station.

•  End of third quarter: Orion returned to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

•  Early 2020: Qualification, acceptance and transfer of ownership of the first European Service Module to NASA.

•  First quarter 2020: Turnover of Orion to NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems for launch preparation.

http://blogs.esa.int/orion/2019/01/25/a-2019-lunar-agenda-for-orion/
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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #174 on: 01/27/2019 09:44 pm »
Could you clarify for me what the European Service Module has to do with Ascent Abort flight test AA-2 ???

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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #175 on: 01/27/2019 10:00 pm »
Could you clarify for me what the European Service Module has to do with Ascent Abort flight test AA-2 ???
Not directly related but both have to be successful (ESM on EM-1 and LAS on AA-2) to be ready for the first crewed Orion mission (EM-2)

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Re: EM-1 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #176 on: 02/22/2019 08:31 pm »
The first Orion flight will include a radiation dosimeter made by a Greek startup. Interview with the founder and CEO Dr Marianthe Frangopoulou is here in Greek:

http://www.capital.gr/sunenteuxi/3345057/kai-omos-i-ellada-pigainei-sto-diastima?fbclid=IwAR1MPUggqgG3nfFhny405MFeatTiLPhWak6CLaQPq64DQtsPj-3TsmTej_0

Per the article the flight will be in September next year and will have three radiation dosimeters: one from NASA, one from DLR and one from her company Herado.

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