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Lockheed, NASA Approach Closer to Orion Spacecraft Assembly Phase; Michael Hawes Comments

Lockheed, NASA Approach Closer to Orion Spacecraft Assembly Phase; Michael Hawes Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

OrionLockheed Martin will move forward with the full-scale fabrication phase of its Orion spacecraft for NASA‘s Exploration Mission-1 as the agency and company have reported most of a critical design review as complete.

“The vast majority of Orion’s design is over, and now we will only change things when new requirements come into play,” Michael Hawes, a vice president and Orion program manager at Lockheed, said Monday.

NASA and Lockheed started this critical design review on the spacecraft in August and are scheduled to wrap up the CDR process in the spring.

The company is slated to deliver a pressure vessel for the Orion crew module to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in early 2016 and commence the final assembly, integration and testing phase.

NASA will launch the spacecraft with the Boeing-built Space Launch System into lunar distant retrograde orbit for the EM-1 unmanned flight test, which the agency expects to last for more than 20 days.

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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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