The Lockheed Martin Orion team inspects the Orion crew module ground test structure prior to shipping to Lockheed Martin's Denver facilities to be integrated with an encapsulating aeroshell, as displayed in the hanging banner in the upper left (Photo: NASA)
The first Orion crew module has begun testing at Lockheed Martin's Space Operations Simulation Center (SOSC) in Denver, Colorado. This 41,000 square foot research facility will test the ability of NASA's next-gen multipurpose exploration spacecraft to safely fly astronauts through the severe environments of deep space. Orion will be phased in as the sun sets on the Space Shuttle Program with the first orbital flight test planned for 2013 and first crewed mission by 2016.
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