Author Topic: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates  (Read 7683 times)

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A thread for the processing of EM-2 Orion ahead of the 2022 mission.

Orion Forum Section:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=38.0

Orion News Articles:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/orion/

L2 Orion:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=29.0

All three of those links go back 2006, back in the CEV days. Been a long road of this little spacecraft!

Please use the Orion forum section for discussion etc. Let's try and keep this thread just for updates on the construction and processing.

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And the reason for starting this thread:

Piecing together NASA's crewed Deep Space spacecraft:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/09/piecing-together-nasas-crew-spacecraft/ - by Philip Sloss.

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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #1 on: 01/11/2018 07:04 AM »
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First weld is complete on the Orion crew module that will carry astronauts beyond the moon.

https://twitter.com/nasa_orion/status/951250213750099969

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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #2 on: 02/02/2018 05:46 PM »
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[email protected] technicians complete the first cone weld on the Orion crew module which will carry @NASA_Astronauts beyond the moon.

https://twitter.com/nasa_orion/status/959212964120154114

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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #3 on: 02/02/2018 09:39 PM »
Thank you for the great update article Philip! :) Always good when one gets to see where "the people money" is go towards...
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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #4 on: 02/12/2018 06:15 PM »
In the NASA FY19 presentation EM-2 would launch in 2023 on SLS/EUS together with the LOP-G Habitat.

This means EM-2 would no longer be Lunar flyby but Lunar orbital.
« Last Edit: 02/12/2018 06:15 PM by hektor »

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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #5 on: 02/14/2018 01:54 PM »
Constructing the crewed Orion EM-2 spacecraft deep into welding operations - https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/02/constructing-the-crewed-orion-em-2-welds/

- By Philip Sloss

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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #6 on: 02/17/2018 02:24 AM »
In the NASA FY19 presentation EM-2 would launch in 2023 on SLS/EUS together with the LOP-G Habitat.

This means EM-2 would no longer be Lunar flyby but Lunar orbital.

Does that mean the PPE has to go first, on commercial?

Is there a RFI or RFP for the hab module?

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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #7 on: 05/01/2018 12:46 PM »
Some crew module welding pictures released by NASA
« Last Edit: 05/01/2018 12:49 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #8 on: 08/21/2018 06:44 PM »
ARTICLE: Lockheed Martin readies Orion EM-2 Pressure Vessel for trip to KSC -

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/08/lockheed-martin-orion-em-2-pressure-vessel-ksc/

- By Philip Sloss

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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #9 on: 08/28/2018 02:59 PM »
The Orion crew module pressure vessel for Exploration Mission-2 arrives at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Aug. 24, 2018. The pressure vessel was transported in its Crew Module Transportation Fixture by super-wide transport truck from Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans. The pressure vessel is Orion's primary structure that holds the pressurized atmosphere astronauts will breathe and work in while in the vacuum of deep space. It will be moved into the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay, where it will be secured on a precision alignment tool to begin preparing it for flight.

Photo credit: NASA/Christopher Swanson

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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #10 on: 08/29/2018 10:47 AM »
News Release Issued: Aug 28, 2018 (2:07pm EDT)

Lockheed Martin Begins Final Assembly on NASA's Orion Spaceship That Will Take Astronauts Further Than Ever Before

Core of World's Only Exploration-Class Spaceship Delivered to Cape Canaveral

DENVER, Aug. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Technicians have completed construction on the spacecraft capsule structure that will return astronauts to the Moon, and have successfully shipped the capsule to Florida for final assembly into a full spacecraft. The capsule structure, or pressure vessel, for NASA's Orion Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2) spacecraft was welded together over the last seven months by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) technicians and engineers at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans.

Orion is the world's only exploration-class spaceship, and the EM-2 mission will be its first flight with astronauts on board, taking them farther into the solar system than ever before.

"It's great to see the EM-2 capsule arrive just as we are completing the final assembly of the EM-1 crew module," said Mike Hawes, Lockheed Martin vice president and program manager for Orion. "We've learned a lot building the previous pressure vessels and spacecraft and the EM-2 spacecraft will be the most capable, cost-effective and efficient one we've built."

Orion's pressure vessel is made from seven large, machined aluminum alloy pieces that are welded together to produce a strong, light-weight, air-tight capsule. It was designed specifically to withstand the harsh and demanding environment of deep space travel while keeping the crew safe and productive.

"We're all taking extra care with this build and assembly, knowing that this spaceship is going to take astronauts back to the Moon for the first time in four decades," said Matt Wallo, senior manager of Lockheed Martin Orion Production at Michoud. "It's amazing to think that, one day soon, the crew will watch the sun rise over the lunar horizon through the windows of this pressure vessel. We're all humbled and proud to be doing our part for the future of exploration."

The capsule was shipped over the road from New Orleans to the Kennedy Space Center, arriving on Friday, Aug. 24. Now in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building, Lockheed Martin technicians will immediately start assembly and integration on the EM-2 crew module.

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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #11 on: 09/15/2018 09:24 AM »
The Orion crew module pressure vessel for Exploration Mission-2 is in a work stand called the bird cage inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on Sept. 11, 2018. The pressure vessel was transported in its Crew Module Transportation Fixture by super-wide transport truck from Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans. The pressure vessel is Orion's primary structure that holds the pressurized atmosphere astronauts will breathe and work in while in the vacuum of deep space.

Photo credit: NASA/Frank Michaux
« Last Edit: 09/15/2018 09:25 AM by jacqmans »

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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #12 on: 09/18/2018 10:00 AM »
I know that this is an Update thread and not a Discussion thread, but I have a quick question:

EM-2 is NET 2022; the current year is 2018. That is a lead time of 4 years. Why is there such a long lead time for these components?

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Re: EM-2 Orion Construction and Processing Updates
« Reply #13 on: 09/18/2018 05:44 PM »
From ESA
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European Service Module-2 wiring at the Airbus integration hall in Bremen, Germany, September 2018.
The structure is complete and over 11 km of cables are being meticulously placed in preparation for the computers and equipment that will keep astronauts alive and well for the second Orion mission called Exploration Mission-2.
Up to four astronauts will fly Orion to 70 000 km beyond the Moon before completing a lunar flyby and returning to Earth. The mission can take a minimum of 8 days and will collect valuable flight test data.
higher resolution image http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/09/Orion_European_Service_Module-2_wiring


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