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NASA-Lockheed Team Installs Orion Spacecraft’s Heat Shield Tech

NASA-Lockheed Team Installs Orion Spacecraft's Heat Shield Tech - top government contractors - best government contracting event

OrionA team of NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers has begun integrating a thermal protection system onto the crew module of the agency’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle.

NASA plans to conduct a maiden test flight for the Orion spacecraft by Dec. 4, Lockheed said Wednesday.

The test’s goal is to evaluate if the heat shield will work to protect the capsule from temperatures as high as 4,000 degrees when re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere and during an ocean splashdown.

Engineers will also assess Orion’s avionics, attitude control, guidance, parachute deployment, ground systems and separation events.

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center will fuel and service the spacecraft.

Lockheed and the United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture of Lockheed and Boeing, will collaborate to integrate the launch pad and prepare for liftoff operations.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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