NASA is steadily making progress with its launch preparations of Orion Spacecraft on December 4. It will be the first flight test of the Orion Spacecraft design. The work on spacecraft is going on at Space Launch Complex 37. The engineers and technicians are testing the spacecraft on various parameters including electrical and battery checks existing between the service module, crew module and Delta IV Heavy second stage. As of now, the NASA staff has ample time to make necessary testing on Orion and its system. All the additional testing tasks can be completed without disturbing the processing schedule.
The new venture
The Space Age has got the tradition of taking mementos with them while the spacecrafts returns after the system evaluation on earth. The same tradition is expected to continue with Orion. Coming to the preparations aspect, Mobile Servicing Tower doors located at Space Launch Complex were opened to showcase the new spacecraft. Orion will be carried by the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy into orbit.
The crew module of Orion located at the Launch Abort System will be discarded after six minutes, 20 seconds of launch. Also, the tower will be separated from the spacecraft and rocket before 8 hours, 15 minutes of launch. The aim of separating the tower is to fuel the rocket before its scheduled launch. During this period, the other launch operations will also be completed. The technicians and engineers working on Orion will give the final touches on the crew cabin at this weekend. The team will make a list of vital closeout duties so that all the required recorders and instruments are well prepared before the launch.
The other details
In the first flight test, Orion Spacecraft will only take astronauts with no space for people. The engineers will monitor the conditions inside the cabin when Orion enters the high radiation zone during the flight test. During its 4.5 hour trip, Orion will orbit Earth twice and travel to an altitude of 3,600 miles into space. The flight is designed to test many of the elements that pose the greatest risk to astronauts and will provide critical data needed to improve Orion’s design and reduce risks to future mission crews.