Simulated Orion Crew Module Polished and Painted
By: Emily Outen
The Orion crew module mock-up, recently delivered from NASA Langley, was primed and painted at Edwards Air Force
Base in California as another step towards NASA's first test of the
astronaut escape system.
Image right: The simulated Orion Crew Module before its departure from NASA Langley. Credit: Sean Smith.
The crew module was flown on a C-17 cargo plane
from NASA Langley where it was fabricated. The full-size structural model
will be equipped with flight instruments and other electronics at Dryden
Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.
The Orion crew module will be propelled off a simulated launch pad at the
U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico late this year. This
demonstration will test Orion's astronaut escape system and will ensure a
safe, reliable escape for astronauts in case of an emergency.
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