History was made in December 2014 when the first Orion capsule launched, representing a major step in NASA's new Human Exploration Program. This program ultimately may take us to Mars. The creative genius behind this next leap for mankind has roots right here in Highlands Ranch!
The STEM School and Academy's Engineering Department is partnering with United Launch Alliance and Lockheed-Martin to host a presentation on the joint-venture Orion Space Launch. High-level engineers will discuss the significance of the Orion program.
This event is sponsored by Mark Alpert, President of Integrated Delivery Solutions and Retired VP of CH2MHill
NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.
On December 5, 2014, Orion launched atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex Flight Test on the Orion Flight Test: a two-orbit, four-hour flight that tested many of the systems most critical to safety.
The Orion Flight Test evaluated launch and high speed re-entry systems such as avionics, attitude control, parachutes and the heat shield.
In the future, Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. More powerful than any rocket ever built, SLS will be capable of sending humans to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and eventually Mars. Exploration Mission-1 will be the first mission to integrate Orion and the Space Launch System. (NASA.gov)
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For more information about Orion visit, http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/orion/#.VM_LAC7w-Dr