Orion is GO for flight test
Without crew, screwed on a Delta IV Heavy: this is the program for the inaugural flight of the capsule Orion Deep Space set on 4 December at the launch pad Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral. For the SLS program we have to wait but we proceed quickly because a configuration can take off soon.
After a decade of hard work, in which there have been twists the most sensational, the new Orion capsule NASA Deep Space, designed for human flight into deep space, is ready for its inaugural flight scheduled for December 4th.
Orion has passed the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) and received by the top managers of the Agency US space the green light to proceed with the preparations for the test flight.
GO! The spacecraft is ready to launch. Moon, Mars and asteroids seem a bit ‘closer. Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for Orion seems to have done a good job and the assembly has been completed in compliance with all the criteria required by the protocol. Theater of operations: the Neil Armstrong and Operations Checkout Building at the Kennedy Space Center.
The version of the Orion capsule pathfinding has undergone the finishing touches ahead of the flight tests in September (we talked ourselves of MediaINAF). Engineers and technicians have completed the installation of the panels forming the rear shell of Orion to best protect the spacecraft – and future astronauts – from scorching temperatures of re-entry and verify the vulnerability of the capsule to the clash with orbiting debris and micrometeoroids.
On December 4, Orion will fly unmanned bolted on a Delta IV Heavy. The countdown for the Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) ends at 7:05, according launch the Space Launch Complex 37 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SLS (Space Launch System), the research program that promises to bring humans into deep space, is not yet ready. But we proceed briskly because a configuration can soon fly with the Orion capsule.
NASA stated goal is to bring the man to the moon; asteroids reach for a walk around our star system (2025) and dream ammartaggio on the Red Planet (2030). SLS and Orion are the right pair to go into deep space. The goal is to demonstrate how the system is able to curb the free fall of the capsule and ensure, tomorrow, a safe landing speed for the crew returning from deep space missions; it is the Moon, asteroids, or even Mars. The engineers wanted to increase the stress on the parachute, allowing the test version of Orion fell on deaf ears for ten seconds – which has helped to increase the speed of the capsule and the aerodynamic pressure.
The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy is, however, and the avoidance of doubt, the most powerful rocket on the market. In the four and a half hours provided for the flight test, the carrier will escort the Orion capsule into Earth orbit and then throw it, with the second stage of the rocket, at an altitude of 5800 km, about 15 times higher, and the one where the current orbit International Space Station.
And then back to high, very high speed, through the atmosphere at a speed of over 30 thousand kilometers per hour and the boiling temperature of 2000 degrees Celsius, shock test to the heat shield. Dip in the Pacific Ocean with a parachute (see MediaINAF) and the US Navy at sea ready to retrieve the capsule.itch Head Nebula, located about two degrees east.