Orion Spacecraft Moved for Launch Abort Installation


On Sept. 28, NASA’s Orion spacecraft was moved from the Kennedy Space Center Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF) to the center’s Launch Abort System Facility (LASF). Orion, which was fueled with ammonia and hyper-propellants in the PHSF, will be fitted with its launch abort system in the LASF in preparation for its flight test. Orion is being built to send humans farther than ever before, including to an asteroid and Mars. Although the spacecraft will be uncrewed during its December flight test, the crew module will be used to transport astronauts safely to and from space on future missions. Orion will provide living quarters for up to 21 days, while longer missions will incorporate an additional habitat to provide extra space. Many of Orion’s critical safety systems will be evaluated during December’s mission, designated Exploration Flight Test-1, when the spacecraft travels about 3,600 miles into space.

Source: NASA Television



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