Lockheed Martin Orion Spacecraft (video)
Lockheed Martin has just recently unveil the very first Orion spaceship. The spaceship also includes a simulation center which is primarily designed to test the spaceship before sending it to the space. Those who were disappointed with NASA’s decision to cancel the launch of new Orion space capsule to moon should feel overwhelmed at this new development.
This Orion Spacecraft looks much like Apollo-era space capsule; however, it is much bigger and can seat four to six astronauts. This also includes the latest technological advances. The glass cockpit is designed much like that of the Boeing 787. Above all, it has got state-of-the-art waste management facilities.
Lockheed Martin has developed a gigantic Space Operations Simulation Center (SOSC) in Littleton, Colorado to test the effectiveness of this spacecraft before commissioning it for launching astronauts into space. This is located near the Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Facility near Denver, Colorado. Vigorous testing would be done to verify the ability of Orion in the harsh environment of the space. Hence, the simulation center is set up completely with the ISS suspended in a giant room with life-scale mockups of Orion. Thus, it can test the robotic docking maneuvers. It is also capable of testing the touchdowns of asteroids. The first manned test flight is scheduled somewhere in 2016 with the first Orion capsule orbiting space in 2014.