Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Travel News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



Lockheed Martin Readies For Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle At Kennedy Space Center

NASA transitions historic Operations and Checkout Building for use by Lockheed Martin and the Constellation Program.
by Staff Writers
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Jan 30, 2007
In another milestone marking steady progress on the Orion crew exploration vehicle program, the Lockheed Martin team accepted responsibility today for the Operations and Checkout (OandC) Building at the NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Lockheed Martin will use the historic facility to process Orion, America's next-generation human spacecraft. The transition announcement was made in a ceremony held today at Kennedy Space Center's OandC Building originally used for the Apollo program.

Lockheed Martin was selected by NASA last August to design and build Orion, a key element of NASA's Constellation Program that will succeed the Space Shuttle as NASA's primary vehicle for human space exploration by 2014.

Signaling the start of one the most significant spacecraft development efforts since the Space Shuttle, Orion is an advanced capsule design utilizing state-of-the-art technology that will be capable of transporting up to six crew members to and from the International Space Station and up to four crew members to the Moon and eventually to Mars.

Final assembly, checkout and acceptance testing of Orion for both the Crew Module and Service Module will be performed in the OandC Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

"This is another significant step forward for the Orion program as we take this massive, historic building that served our nation's space program so well during the Apollo years and completely modernize it for an entirely new generation of human space exploration vehicles," said Cleon Lacefield, Vice President and Orion Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

"This is an exciting day for the entire team and we look forward to getting the OandC ready to support NASA's Orion missions for decades to come."

Modifications to the OandC Building will be needed to prepare it for the Orion program. Lockheed Martin will begin those modifications in April 2007 and will be completed in November 2008. Changes will include retrofitting of the existing Altitude Chamber to create a Thermal Vacuum Chamber for combined environment testing of Orion.

Utilities such as power, nitrogen, housekeeping vacuum, compressed air and imagery cameras will be installed to support nine new Orion specific workstations. Included in outfitting those new workstations will be three new modular clean areas to provide a 100,000 class clean room environment, as well as creation and outfitting of a Refurbishment Area to support post-flight processing of the crew module for re-use.

In addition, a dedicated Lockheed Martin Intranet (LMI) will be installed to perform secured data/information transmission.

Lockheed Martin chose the OandC Building for Orion's final assembly and integration because proximity with the launch operations will provide much greater efficiency in the flow of testing and operations leading to launch on the Ares I launch vehicle.

The synergies gained by utilizing KSC for assembly and integration will provide NASA with greater operational flexibility during the final integration of Orion with Ares I.

Additionally, the State of Florida provided incentives and financial assistance valued at $45.5 million for the Orion program to cover training, transportation infrastructure, facility improvements and equipment. $35 million is going toward upgrading and modernizing the OandC facility.

$10.5 million is going toward workforce development and training for a new generation of skilled employees in Florida who will continue to be engaged in NASA's next generation space program for decades to come.

Related Links
Lockheed Martin
Rocket Science News at Space-Travel.Com
Rocket Science News at Space-Travel.Com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


Test Flights Of Angara Boosters To Start In 2010
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Jan 23, 2007
A new-generation launch vehicle being built by Russians will undergo flight tests in 2010, the Space Forces commander said Monday. The Angara booster rockets are being developed to secure Russia's independence in space activities and access to space from the Plesetsk space station in the country's north, under any scenarios of military-political and economic relations with other states.







  • Lockheed Martin Readies For Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle At Kennedy Space Center
  • Test Flights Of Angara Boosters To Start In 2010
  • Researchers Create New Class Of Compounds
  • India Delays Cryogenic Rocket Engine Test Two Weeks

  • Sea Launch Zenit Explodes On Pad
  • Sea Launch Operations To Be Resumed Despite Liftoff Failure
  • SpaceWorks Engineering Releases Study On Emerging Commercial Transport Services To ISS
  • JOULE II Launches With Success At Poker Flat

  • Space Shuttle Launch Rescheduled

  • Russia Eyes Longterm Plan To Keep Station Operational Until 2025
  • Three Back-to-Back Spacewalks Coming Up On Station
  • Expedition 14 Talks To Martha Stewart
  • Four Spacewalks Planned For ISS Crew

  • Chance For European Student To Join The NASA 2007 Summer Academy
  • Personal Digital Assistants In Space
  • Lift-Off For Space Tourism In Sweden
  • Christer Fuglesang Reflects On His Successful Mission

  • China To Promote Manned Space Flight And Lunar Probe
  • China Seeks To Quell Fears Over Space Program
  • China's Manned Spacecraft To Carry Small Satellite
  • No Response From China On US Space Complaints Says White House

  • Scientists Study Adhesive Capabilities Of Geckos To Develop Surveillance Or Inspection Robots
  • Japanese Women To Try Lipstick With Touch Of Button
  • First Soft-Bodied Robots Planned
  • Singapore Launches Contest To Build 'Urban Warrior' Robots

  • Martian Clouds Pass By On A Winter Afternoon
  • Opportunity Hones Reckoning Skills And Tests Computer Smarts
  • Dig Deeply To Seek Life On Mars
  • Ongoing Preparations for Mars Swing-by

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright Space.TV Corporation. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space.TV Corp on any Web page published or hosted by Space.TV Corp. Privacy Statement