Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Orion


From Friday to Monday Johnson Space Center played host to this latest version of the Orion spacecraft. This one was recently used for water entry tests. The shape is that of Max Faget's Apollo capsule, one of the best shapes for a reentry vehicle. This would also be a good shape for a Mars lander. Presently the Augustine Commission is examining multiple architectures for exploration, but all of them use Orion. This spacecraft appears to be here to stay.

Check out the week's Carnival of Space!

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6 Comments:

Blogger Kea said...

Heh, it looks just like a giant buoy. Nice to see some Texan blue sky in the background, too.

12:39 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Texas has more sunlight than is needed; temperatures in the 90F range every day. Perhaps I can send you some.

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Jeffrey Ellis said...

My car is parked about 20 yards on the other side of the CEV in this pic.

5:46 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Hi Jeffrey. You work onsite?

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Jeffrey Ellis said...

Yep, bld 16.

11:25 AM  
Blogger JJHB2 said...

Not directly on point for this post but I thought you might be interested in this from Next Big Future:

Mach Effect: Interview with Paul March and an Update on the Work of James Woodward

http://nextbigfuture.com/2009/09/mach-effect-interview-with-paul-march.html

so, how would you like a lG drive pushing Orion to Mans in days?

9:00 AM  

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