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August 7, 2013

Rachel Kraft

Headquarters, Washington


Amber Philman

Kennedy Space Center, Fla.



Sasha Congiu
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

LaRC: NASA Invites Media to View Orion Stationary Recovery Testing

NASA is offering media the opportunity to view key testing of splashdown recovery operations for the agency's Orion spacecraft on Thursday, Aug. 15, at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.

NASA and the U.S. Navy are conducting tests to prepare for recovery of the Orion crew module and forward bay cover on its return from deep space missions. The stationary recovery test will allow the teams to demonstrate and evaluate the recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel in a controlled environment before conducting a second recovery test next year in open waters.

A media briefing also will take place during a portion of the testing. The briefing participants include:

  • Scott Wilson, manager, Offline Processing and Infrastructure for Development, Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program
  • Jim Hamblin, landing and recovery element operations manager, GSDO Program
  • Navy Commander Brett Moyes, Future Plans Branch chief, U.S. Fleet Forces

International media who want to attend must respond by 4 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 9. U.S. media must respond by noon Wednesday, Aug. 14. To respond, contact Sasha Congiu by email at sasha.r.congiu@nasa.gov or by phone at 757-272-9859.

Journalists should arrive by 12:30 p.m. at the Naval Station Norfolk Tour & Information Center for transportation to the testing area. Live trucks should arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. The information center is located at 9079 Hampton Blvd. in Norfolk. Close-toed shoes and pants are required.

Orion is America's new spacecraft that will take astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have an emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space. The first spacecraft will launch on Exploration Flight Test-1 in September 2014, an uncrewed mission that will allow engineers to examine many of Orion's systems.

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