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Old 11-28-2014, 10:41 PM   #1
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Dec. 4th @ 7:05 am EST

"Engineers and technicians prepping Orion for its first flight test Dec. 4 began putting the finishing touches inside the crew cabin today and will continue the work through the weekend. Although Orion will not carry any people on its flight test, itís designed for astronauts, and engineers want to find out what conditions will be like inside the cabin as Orion travels through high radiation and extreme temperatures during this flight test. Launch pad teams also will start on a lengthy list of closeout duties to make sure Orion and its vital instruments and recorders are ready for space. The steps will set the stage for the first launch week in Orionís career."


This is pretty interesting, and hopefully puts us back on track to be able to do our own missions without the help of other countries.
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Default Re: NASA's Next Generation Orion Spacecraft will have a test flight.

People around here are excited. Lots of tourists booking rooms for that date too. I am looking forward to seeing it go!
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:09 AM   #3
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Default Re: NASA's Next Generation Orion Spacecraft will have a test flight.

As an employee of a Aerospace contractor I am very interested in seeing how his goes.
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Default Re: NASA's Next Generation Orion Spacecraft will have a test flight.

What are your thoughts on how long before this flight can become a manned spaceflight to the ISS? I am giving it 2017, or 2016. I think those were the original projections.
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This is what the unmanned flight will sort our cabin wise.
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Yeah, all over. Our atmosphere protects us from it but it is a real concern for space dwellers.
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Default Re: NASA's Next Generation Orion Spacecraft will have a test flight.

Launch is about 11 hours from now, pretty excited myself. Wife says I act like a giddy school girl over these things.
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A lot of really freaky fog along the coast tonight. It is supposed to move inland though. Weather chances tomorrow for launch are 60%.
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A lot of really freaky fog along the coast tonight. It is supposed to move inland though. Weather chances tomorrow for launch are 60%.
I hope they don't scrub the launch. Fog shouldn't be an issue with any launch I would think. Plus hopefully that is all gone when the sun comes up.
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..Damn it....Im going down there a week late....
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I hope they don't scrub the launch. Fog shouldn't be an issue with any launch I would think. Plus hopefully that is all gone when the sun comes up.
There are visibility requirements. Right now there could not be a launch. I think that it will get off though. Chances have been upgraded to 70%. There is a 2 hour, 39 minute launch window as well. Things in town are getting crazy. The McDonald's on the river is open all night tonight to cater to viewers. LOL
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There are visibility requirements. Right now there could not be a launch. I think that it will get off though. Chances have been upgraded to 70%. There is a 2 hour, 39 minute launch window as well. Things in town are getting crazy. The McDonald's on the river is open all night tonight to cater to viewers. LOL
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I worked on the heat shield/backshell for a few years. Very excited for the lockheed team.
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Just a short description about Orion.

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This is science folks.
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Looking good. A few minor holds due to a fuel issue and a boat violating launch space. You can watch it either here or in my back yard. http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/
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This is exactly what the country needs to get back on track with advanced math, science and engineering. Very exciting.

Probably could have gone to Mars and beyond at least a decade or two ago but better late than never.
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Scratched. Boat in the way. Correction, local news reported that. NASA says wind
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