Tag Archives: Mike Hawes

NASA, Lockheed Activate Orion Crew Module for Initial Power-On Test; Mike Hawes Comments

NASA and Lockheed Martin have powered up the company-built Orion crew module at the space agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the first time. Engineers installed and tested vehicle management computers, power and data units and flight software on the spacecraft as part of the initial power-up event, Lockheed said Tuesday. “Orion was …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Auxiliary Engines for Lockheed-Built Orion Spacecraft; Eileen Drake, Mike Hawes Comment

Aerojet Rocketdyne has conducted hot-fire acceptance tests on eight auxiliary engines to be used on the inaugural flight of NASA‘s Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System next year. The company said Wednesday it oversees the development of auxiliary engines for the European Space Agency’s European Service Module that will provide air and water, temperature control, …

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Lockheed Tests Orion Fairing Separation System Changes; Mike Hawes Comments

Lockheed Martin has evaluated the changes in the Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system design. Engineers performed the tests on Orion’s new push-off springs, crew module structural attachments, star trackers and pyrotechnic variances, and higher load cases in preparation for the first exploration mission, Lockheed said Thursday. “The fairing separation is …

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