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Orion Ground Test Article
10.20.09
 
JSC2009-E-152301 -- Orion Ground Test Article
JSC2009-E-152301 (31 July 2009) ---- Lockheed Martin is building an Orion crew module Ground Test Article at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La. in the same factory that developed Apollo's Saturn launch vehicles and the external tank for the space shuttle fleet. The ground test article appears in the foreground of this overall scene. The vehicle will serve as a production pathfinder to validate the flight vehicle production processes and tools. When completed, this first full-sized, flight-like crew module will be tested on the ground in equivalent flight-like environments, including static vibration, acoustics and water landing loads. Results will be used to correlate sizing models for all subsystems on the vehicle. Photo Credit: NASA

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JSC2009-E-152320 -- Orion Ground Test Article JSC2009-E-152320 (31 July 2009) ---- Lockheed Martin is building an Orion crew module Ground Test Article at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La. This photo shows workers calibrating the friction stir weld machine prior to welding of the ground test article. The vehicle will serve as a production pathfinder to validate the flight vehicle production processes and tools. When completed, this first full-sized, flight-like crew module will be tested on the ground in equivalent flight-like environments, including static vibration, acoustics and water landing loads. Results will be used to correlate sizing models for all subsystems on the vehicle. Photo Credit: NASA

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JSC2009-E-152329 -- Orion Ground Test Article JSC2009-E-152329 (31 July 2009) ---- Lockheed Martin is building an Orion crew module Ground Test Article at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La. This photo shows workers preparing to do welding on the crew module aft dome ring of the ground test article. The vehicle will serve as a production pathfinder to validate the flight vehicle production processes and tools. When completed, this first full-sized, flight-like crew module will be tested on the ground in equivalent flight-like environments, including static vibration, acoustics and water landing loads. Results will be used to correlate sizing models for all subsystems on the vehicle. Photo Credit: NASA

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JSC2009-E-152335 -- Orion Ground Test Article JSC2009-E-152335 (31 July 2009) ---- Lockheed Martin is building an Orion crew module Ground Test Article at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La. This photo shows workers moving the equipment to weld the aft dome for the ground test article. The vehicle will serve as a production pathfinder to validate the flight vehicle production processes and tools. When completed, this first full-sized, flight-like crew module will be tested on the ground in equivalent flight-like environments, including static vibration, acoustics and water landing loads. Results will be used to correlate sizing models for all subsystems on the vehicle. Photo Credit: NASA

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JSC2009-E-152347 -- Orion Ground Test Article JSC2009-E-152347 (31 July 2009) ---- Lockheed Martin is building an Orion crew module Ground Test Article at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La. This photo shows the fabrication of the service module composite test panel of the ground test article. The vehicle will serve as a production pathfinder to validate the flight vehicle production processes and tools. When completed, this first full-sized, flight-like crew module will be tested on the ground in equivalent flight-like environments, including static vibration, acoustics and water landing loads. Results will be used to correlate sizing models for all subsystems on the vehicle. Photo Credit: NASA

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JSC2009-E-152360 -- Orion Ground Test Article JSC2009-E-152360 (31 July 2009) ---- Lockheed Martin is building an Orion crew module Ground Test Article at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La. This photo shows a worker observing welding in progress on the ground test article. The vehicle will serve as a production pathfinder to validate the flight vehicle production processes and tools. When completed, this first full-sized, flight-like crew module will be tested on the ground in equivalent flight-like environments, including static vibration, acoustics and water landing loads. Results will be used to correlate sizing models for all subsystems on the vehicle. Photo Credit: NASA

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