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NASA Wraps Up Last Evaluation for Orion Parachute System

NASA has completed the eighth and final test for the Orion spacecraft’s parachute system at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

Orion parachute engineers deployed and assessed the system during normal and failed landing scenarios and various aerodynamic conditions to check if the technology can protect astronauts when they return to Earth from deep space missions, NASA said Thursday.

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NASA to Showcase Orion Stage Adapter Before Launch Preparations

NASA plans to showcase an Orion stage adapter technology at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama before the space agency transfers the flight hardware to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The agency said Saturday it will display the spacecraft adapter at a media event on Tuesday ahead of preparations for the first integrated test …

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NASA, Navy to Conduct Orion Spacecraft Recovery Test

The U.S. Navy deployed a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock Wednesday to support a NASA spacecraft recovery test off the coast of Southern California. USS Anchorage (LPD 23) departed from San Diego Naval Base for the Underway Recovery Test 6 that will train personnel to recover the Orion crew module after the spacecraft …

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Report: NASA, Intl Space Agencies to Release Space Exploration Roadmap in 2018

NASA is working with 14 international space agencies to publish a roadmap in January 2018 that would detail common space exploration goals, SpaceNews reported Thursday. The voluntary organization, called the International Space Exploration Coordination Group, will release the new Global Exploration Roadmap to provide updated plans for missions such as extended presence in …

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NASA Project Aims to Equip Orion Spacecraft With Laser Comms System

NASA has launched a project to develop a laser communications system for the Orion spacecraft the agency intends to use for its future manned missions to deep space. The Laser-Enhanced Mission and Navigation Operational Services system is designed to provide connectivity to astronauts in space and allow them to communicate with people on Earth, NASA said Thursday. Goddard …

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NASA Eyes Potential Astronaut Deployment on 1st SLS-Orion Flight; Lockheed’s Allison Miller Comments

NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot wants the space agency to examine the feasibility of including astronauts on the Space Launch System rocket’s first integrated flight with the Orion spacecraft, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Jeff Foust writes Lightfoot directed Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for human exploration and operations at NASA, to launch a study into potential technical and …

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