Lockheed Martin begins final assembly on NASA's Orion spaceship
Technicians have completed construction on the spacecraft capsule structure that will return astronauts to the Moon, and have shipped the capsule for final assembly into a full spacecraft, Lockheed Martin announced on August 28, 2018. The capsule structure, or pressure vessel, is made for NASA's Orion Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2) spacecraft.
“Orion is the world's only exploration-class spaceship, and the EM-2 mission will be its first flight with astronauts on board, taking them farther into the solar system than ever before,” is noted in a statement by Lockheed Martin.
Orion's pressure vessel is made from seven large, machined aluminum alloy pieces that are welded together to produce a strong, light-weight, air-tight capsule. It was designed specifically to withstand the harsh and demanding environment of deep space travel while keeping the crew safe and productive.
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