NASA IS PREPARING FOR THE FIRST TEST OF ORION SPACE CAPSULE

Sep

18

2014

NASA has approached one step to the most important event – the launch of their new space capsule Orion, intended for human space flight .

Center Kennedy Space (KSC) is the first worthy Space Center NASA. September 11 in its territory all working together to look at the space capsule Orion, which was taken from the assembly hangar. The first test of Orion is planned for December 4, 2014.

The capsule has been delivered to the place of filling the KSC 36-wheeled platform. The whole structure has a height of 12 meters. As the resource phys.org, each capsule can accommodate four astronauts.

Космическая капсула Orion

“Is not it amazing? This is our step into the future in an attempt to space exploration, “- said the director of the Kennedy Space Center, Robert Cabana (Robert Cabana).

During the test, the capsule will start at the height of 5800 kilometers from the Earth’s surface. Before you go down the capsule landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego, it will make 2 turns around the Earth, then, reducing the rate of up to 32 000 kilometers per hour, will go into the atmosphere. The entire flight capsule will last four and a half hours.

The second test flight of Orion capsule while planning for 2018. At the moment, NASA engineers are developing a powerful rocket Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift, which would be launched capsules.

It is worth noting that the first launch of astronauts in Orion capsule for future space exploration is planned for 2021.

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