Orion Test Flight Imminent

Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby Spider » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:19 pm

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Good news, everyone! Orion, NASA's first manned spaceship after the retirement of the space shuttle, is ready for launch this Thursday, December 4. You can see it here at Space Launch Complex 37, on top of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. Meteorologists say there's a "60 percent chance of acceptable launch conditions."

At Space Launch Complex 37, technicians and engineers are finishing closeouts on the Orion/Delta IV Heavy stack and completed work inside the Orion crew module to get everything situated for space. No one will ride aboard Orion, but the spacecraft is carrying numerous sensors to measure conditions throughout the mission, including radiation and temperatures inside the crew module as it reaches 3,600 miles above Earth and then plunges through the atmosphere before opening its chutes and splashing down.


http://sploid.gizmodo.com/photo-of-nasas-newest-manned-spaceship-ready-for-launch-1665227510
Ernest Shackleton: "Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success."

Onward to Mars

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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby Nate501 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:29 pm

as it reaches 3,600 miles above Earth and then plunges through the atmosphere before opening its chutes and splashing down.


That's so 1950's...
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby Spider » Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:48 pm

Nobody has come up with a better way. SpaceX has a propulsive landing concept, but that's quite a ways off. Capsules just work. It's why everyone uses them.
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby The Comrade » Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:02 am

Video from : old youtube.com
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby Spider » Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:28 am

Thanks. I missed the launch and I've been looking for a complete video. Nice!

Splashdown in a couple hours apparently.
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby spacemonkey » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:15 pm

Its probably totally possible to send a human to mars, but why? Just to say we did it?
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby exploited » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:28 pm

spacemonkey wrote:Its probably totally possible to send a human to mars, but why? Just to say we did it?


Space exploration is valuable in and of itself.
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby John Galt » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:31 pm

spacemonkey wrote:Its probably totally possible to send a human to mars, but why? Just to say we did it?


no, it should be shown to be able to be done and then we can start colonization efforts. elon musk is going to send people to mars to go live there, that is his set goal and that man sets goals and makes them
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby John Galt » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:43 pm

it's crazy to think about but this is the first time in over 40 years a spacecraft made for humans has been beyond LEO. been a long time coming
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spacemonkey wrote:Its probably totally possible to send a human to mars, but why? Just to say we did it?



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