09.09.11 - Construction began this week on the first new NASA spacecraft built to take humans to orbit since space shuttle Endeavour left the factory in 1991.
09.02.11 - Engineers have successfully completed the first of a series of acoustic tests on the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) ground test vehicle, which consists of two major components of the Orion spacecraft: the crew module and the launch abort system.
08.02.11 - The second drop test of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle in the Hydro Impact Basin at NASA's Langley Research Center.› More About MPCV | › More About HIB
07.22.11 - NASA's 22,000-lb mockup of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle begins water landing certification tests.› Hydro Impact Basin
07.13.11 - NASA engineers conducted a successful first drop test of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle boilerplate test article on Tuesday, July 12.› HD Video (720p, mp4)
06.15.11 - The Orion prototype of NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle used in the pad abort test last year has departed NASA Dryden for the Kennedy Space Center.
The crew module will make stops in Tucson, Ariz., Austin, Tex. and Tallahassee, Fla. before arriving at Kennedy Space Center.› About the MPCV
Designs originally planned for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle will be used to develop a new spacecraft, the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.› About the MPCV
09.24.10 - A full-scale mock-up of the Orion launch abort system is hitting the road on a large flatbed trailer to travel from the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
06.15.10 - The Orion crew exploration vehicle took shape as the two halves of the crew module were fused together at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La.
05.06.10 - NASA's Pad Abort 1 flight test, a launch of the abort system designed for the Orion crew vehicle, lifted off at 9 a.m. EDT May 6 at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, N.M.
05.04.10 - Engineers will monitor and launch the Pad Abort 1 flight test from the mobile operations facility at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M.
NASA Dryden is leading the Orion crew module launch abort system flight test effort, including crew module systems integration for the first two flights.
12.16.09 - On Dec. 15, NASA, Alliant Techsystems and Lockheed Martin celebrated a milestone with a ground test of a full-scale attitude control motor for the Orion crew exploration vehicle’s launch abort system.
08.13.09 - The Orion crew module that will be used for the first launch abort system Pad Abort 1 flight test is scheduled to depart NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center Aug. 19 for the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., where the launch abort flight tests will be performed.
07.22.09 - Forty years after the first moon landing, NASA has turned its attention back to lunar missions, this time planning to stay longer.
06.19.09 - Virtual Missions are a tool to verify NASA has the right processes in place to achieve its reduced flight preparation time.
03.31.09 - Orion is making a big splash. A mock-up of the spacecraft that will carry the next generation of astronauts to the moon and beyond is traveling down the East Coast and undergoing tests to help NASA understand its performance in water.
02.09.09 - An aspiring group of students at UA Huntsville have the childhood dreams of becoming rocket scientists. NASA's Constellation University Institutes Project is giving them the opportunity to make their dreams a reality.
02.04.09 - NASA’s Constellation Program took another giant step forward as representatives helped mark the completion of renovations to the historic Operations and Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 26.