Space Travel News  





. Spaceship Mockup

NASA Dryden's mockup Orion crew module is located in Dryden's former Shuttle hangar. NASA photo by Tom Tschida.
by Gray Creech
Edwards CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2007
NASA's Orion spacecraft now in development is America's first new manned spacecraft since development of the space shuttle 30 years ago. It's the centerpiece of NASA's Constellation program, which aims to take the next generation of human explorers to the moon and beyond. Orion's launch abort system, a "rocket on top of the rocket," is designed to ensure the safety of its astronaut crew by pulling the crew module away from it's booster rocket in the event of a booster malfunction, either while on the launch pad or during ascent to orbit.

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California is leading the Orion launch abort system flight testing.

As part of this effort, NASA Dryden's Fabrication Branch constructed a mockup of the Orion crew module. More simplified than the actual spacecraft, the Orion mockup is the actual size of the real thing, inside and out.

Dryden is using the mockup to develop and verify integration and installation procedures for things like avionics, instrumentation, and wire harness routing in advance of the arrival of the first abort flight test article, called "Boilerplate 1." Boilerplates, in this sense of the term, are flying simulators used in early tests designed to mimic the flight characteristics of the actual vehicle. They have the exact dimensions, aerodynamic and mass properties of the operational vehicle they will simulate in flight, in this case the Orion crew module.

The mockup has no attached forward bay on it's top, but Dryden technicians are building one that will remain separate for parachute integration procedure development.

Two pad abort and four ascent abort flight tests of the launch abort system are planned, all unmanned, with the first scheduled for 2008 and continuing through 2011.

Related Links
Constellation Program
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
Space Exploration 3.0 About To Begin
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Nov 05, 2007
Space exploration is about to enter a third age where nations will cooperate to explore the solar system. Nicolas Peter, a research fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), told the meeting in Vienna that the era of launching space missions to bolster national prestige was long past and that new opportunities for cooperation had emerged since the end of the Cold War. He predicted that an imminent third phase of space exploration could inspire nations to work together in a spirit of discovery.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • Opportunity Studies Rock Composition And Changes In Atmosphere
  • SpaceDev Completes Milestone Under NASA Space Act Agreement
  • Outside View: Rocket revolutions -- Part 1
  • Successful Rocket Motor Test Helps NASA's Shuttle And ARES I

  • ESA To Provide Essential Launch Control Services To EUMETSAT
  • Skynet 5B Satellite Ready For Launch On 9th November
  • China May Use Long March 3 For Lunar Landing
  • Arianespace Prepares The Fifth And Sixth Ariane 5 For 2007 Launches

  • Good weather expected for shuttle landing Wednesday
  • Discovery Set For Landing After Successful Solar Panel Install And Repair Operation
  • Shuttle Discovery heads home after ambitious, risky mission
  • Discovery Undocks From Space Station

  • Korean Astronaut To Ride On Soyuz April Flight With ISS Crew 17
  • Columbus Launch Puts Space Law To The Test
  • Space station repairs end in success
  • Space station's solar panel needs crucial repair

  • Spaceship Mockup
  • Malaysia may buy Russian space rocket
  • E'Prime Aerospace Receives Launch Site Policy Review Approval
  • Does Russia Have A Nuclear Engine Advantage

  • China's Lunar Probe Completes Last Orbital Transfer Before Leaving Earth
  • China Starts Developing New Heavy-Duty Carrier Rockets
  • Outside View: China takes space race lead
  • China to build fourth space launch centre

  • Can A Robot Find A Rock. Interview With David Wettergreen: Part IV
  • Proton Rocket To Launch Glonass Satellites Friday
  • QinetiQ Establishes Service And Support Centre For Talon Robots In Australia
  • UCSD Researchers Give Computers Common Sense

  • Mars Express Probes The Red Planet's Most Unusual Deposits
  • Spirit To Head North For The Winter
  • Opportunity Studies Bathtub Ring In Victoria
  • Mars Express Probes Red Planet's Unusual Deposits

  • 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