Date: Oct. 24, 2012
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Career: Aerospace Engineer: Branch of engineering concerned with the design, construction and science of aircraft and spacecraft.
Nicole Smith, aerospace engineer for the Orion crew and service module, answered questions from students about the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, America's new spacecraft for human exploration, during a one-hour video chat. She also addressed the importance of teamwork and her career as an aerospace engineer.
The MPCV is capitalizing on more than 50 years of spaceflight research and development. The vehicle is designed to meet the evolving needs of our nation's space program for decades to come. As the flagship of our next-generation space fleet, the MPCV will push the envelope of human spaceflight far beyond low Earth orbit.
The MPCV may resemble its Apollo-era predecessors, but its technology and capability are light years apart from those earlier vehicles. The MPCV features dozens of technology advancements and innovations that have been incorporated into the spacecraft's subsystem and component design.
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