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ORION SPACESHIP SET FOR NEW TESTS IN COLORADO

BlueMax372 2011/08/14 21:04:11
The Associated Press

DENVER -- A spaceship that could carry the next wave of astronauts to an asteroid or beyond is being prepared for a new round of tests at a Lockheed Martin facility near Denver.

Engineers have attached a launch-abort system to the nose of the capsule and will subject the combined spacecraft to a series of experiments to see if it can withstand the rigors of blastoff, Lockheed Martin said.

The launch-abort system, essentially a rocket attached to the nose of the capsule, could lift the capsule off the booster rocket and carry it to safety if a problem developed before or during launch.

Lockheed Martin, of Bethesda, MD, is building the capsule, called the Orion Multi-Purpose Vehicle, under a $7.5 billion NASA contract issued in 2006.

The capsule was part of President George W. Bush's $100 billion program to return astronauts to the moon, called Constellation. 0bama canceled the program last year, saying the U.S. would concentrate on developing new rocket technology
instead.

0bama then revived the Orion portion of the program amid criticism that his plan lacked details and put U.S. space leadership at risk [part of his agenda to "cut America down to size].

Orion doesn't yet have a destination. NASA has said it could service the space station in low Earth orbit or take four astronauts on more distant missions of up to 21 days.


--The St. Augustine Record, August 13, 2011, p. 7A.

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  • James Rowntree 2011/08/15 18:36:57
    James Rowntree
    +2
    Only a manned mission to Mars would grab the public's attention
    and give a serious goal to aim for. Not likely under Obama.
  • Striker 2011/08/15 16:56:15
    Striker
    +2
    Am I correct to assume that this gets added to the debt also?
  • Theresa Striker 2011/08/16 15:43:20
    Theresa
    +3
    Oh it has all ready been added to the debt! these were funded in 2006!
  • Striker Theresa 2011/08/16 15:46:21
    Striker
    +2
    Thanks. That's what I figured.
  • Theresa Striker 2011/08/16 15:49:00
    Theresa
    +3
    It is funny when silly politicians say they can cut funding for programs when the money has already been allocated and spent! It is just a game!
  • Striker Theresa 2011/08/16 16:03:47
    Striker
    +2
    Aren't games supposed to be FUN?
  • RayG 2011/08/14 21:31:36
    RayG
    +2
    The Cape (Canaveral) sure does need a replacement program or all the skilled and knowledgeable space technicians/engineers will dissipate and the knowledge lost
  • DavE 2011/08/14 21:28:52
    DavE
    +1
    On, Off, On Again.
    Where too?
    Have fun on that asteroid. Gee, that will be exciting.
    I'm for a space program with defined logical goals.
    Right now we have a half-assed space program without defined logical goals.
    I would be impressed if they developed a reliable heavy lift system with the lowest possible cost per pound to orbit. That would be something worthwhile.
    More about what the Orion tests are testing:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4...
  • BlueMax372 DavE 2011/08/15 13:18:36
    BlueMax372
    +1
    C'mon, DavE! We're not going to see anything logical or meaningful come out of our government until we've removed 0v0mit.
  • DavE BlueMax372 2011/08/15 20:55:06
    DavE
    +1
    Man, you are right on target with that observation Max !
  • Theresa DavE 2011/08/15 15:18:36
    Theresa
    +3
    What NASA outreach to the muslims not working? What a stupid goal!
  • DavE Theresa 2011/08/15 20:59:48
    DavE
    +3
    nasa MUSLIM OUTREACH

    nasa MUSLIM OUTREACH
    Obama pandering to the Muslim donors and voters worldwide.
    http://www.sodahead.com/unite...
  • Theresa DavE 2011/08/16 15:42:21
    Theresa
    +2
    Too Funny but Sad!
  • DDogbreath DavE 2011/08/16 19:03:54
    DDogbreath
    +1
    How are you going to get a turbin in a space suit?
  • BlueMax372 DDogbreath 2011/08/16 19:08:33
    BlueMax372
    +1
    Shrink the turbin and the head that's wearing it?

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