Orion Crew Capsule Targeted for 2014 Leap to High Orbit

by Ken Kremer on March 21, 2012

The Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) is scheduled to launch the first unmanned Orion crew cabin into a high altitude Earth orbit in 2014 atop a Delta 4 Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Artist’s concept. Credit: NASA

NASA is on course to make the highest leap […]

Orion Test Launch Opens the Door for Alternative Human-rated Upper Stage

By Irene Klotz

Lockheed Martin's Space Operations Simulation Center simulates on-orbit docking maneuvers with full-scale Orion and international space station mockups. Credit: Lockheed Martin Space Operations Simulation Center screen shot

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s quest for a rocket upper stage to boost its Orion deep-space capsule beyond low Earth orbit in test flights opens […]

NASA Intends To Add $375M to Lockheed’s Orion Contract for Delta 4 Test Launch

By Dan Leone

Delta IV Heavy/MPCV

WASHINGTON — NASA intends to add $375 million to Lockheed Martin Space Systems’ $6.4 billion Orion space capsule contract so that the company can procure a Delta 4 rocket to power a 2014 test flight of the next-generation crew vehicle.

In a procurement notice posted online Jan. 6, NASA […]

Science and human exploration: together at last

by Jack Burns and Scott D. Norris Monday, October 3, 2011

The Orion MPCV could be used with robotic spacecraft to study the lunar farside. (credit: Lockheed MArtin)


NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati recently visited our lunar simulation laboratory at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where students are investigating next-generation materials to […]