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Sally Harrington
Media Relations Office
216-433-2037
Sally.V.Harrington@nasa.gov

June 6, 2007
 
RELEASE : 07-017
 
 
Rededication of NASA's Space Power Facility in Sandusky
 
 
Cleveland - NASA will rededicate the Space Power Facility, the world's largest space environment simulation chamber, at Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, on June 11.

The Space Power Facility will host integrated environmental testing of Orion, the crew exploration vehicle being designed to carry humans back to the moon.

Media are invited to attend the rededication ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. in the Space Power Facility. An opportunity to ask questions will follow brief comments from a distinguished panel of representatives from NASA and Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for the Orion Project.

Modifications under way in the facility will enable tests that will simulate environmental conditions such as those experienced during launch, in-orbit operations and atmospheric re-entry. The tests will demonstrate the ability of the Orion hardware to meet specified performance requirements. Thermal, acoustic and mechanical vibration and electromagnetic compatibility testing will be conducted on the fully assembled spacecraft. The launch abort system, crew module, service module and spacecraft adapter will be tested.

Media representatives interested in attending the event should contact Sally Harrington at 216-433-2037 by noon on Friday, June 8.

For more information about Orion, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/orion

 

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