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The spacecraft adapter is moved into position under the service module for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) for alignment prior to final assembly operations.

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 Space Launch System and Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Preliminary Report (PDF)
NASA prepared this preliminary report regarding NASA's plans for developing a Space Launch System (SLS) and Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) in response to direction in Section 309 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010.

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About Orion

The Orion MPCV (Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle) is based on the Orion design requirements for traveling beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.
  • Spacecraft to serve as the primary crew vehicle for missions beyond LEO
  • Capable of conducting regular in-space operations (rendezvous, docking, extravehicular activity) in conjunction with payloads delivered by the Space Launch System (SLS) for missions beyond LEO
  • Capability to be a backup system for International Space Station cargo and crew delivery

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Page Last Updated: March 24th, 2014
Page Editor: Mark Garcia