Here’s a bit of news that came out late last year and didn’t get enough attention: as part of a spending bill passed by Congress, NASA got a nice bump in funding. But it also came with a catch: $55 million has to be spent on a “habitat augmentation module,” and that has to be ready by 2018.
After delays caused by errant boats and high winds, NASA's new deep-space exporation craft, Orion, finally got into orbit this morning for its first unmanned test flight. The full launch video is above there, and continues all the way into orbit. It's fascinating to watch.
Tomorrow is a big deal for those of us who one day hope to open the first Pinkberry on Mars: it's the first test of humanity's first interplanetary-capable manned spacecraft, Orion. The four-hour test will prove the spaceworthiness of the capsule. So what, exactly, will it be doing up there?
Humanity's next trip to the Moon is going to look a lot like it always has, with a bunch of people in a capsule rather than a Space Shuttle, and with a watery splashdown at sea rather than a smooth landing on a runway. NASA got back into the groove this week by sucking its Orion capsule into the bowels of a ship.
With the final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and only one more launch before the program is retired, NASA officially announced the shuttle's replacement today: the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). How uninspiring of a name is that?
GM announced today it would build a "future small, fuel efficient car" at one of three idled U.S Plants: Orion, Michigan; Spring Hill, Tennessee; or Janesville, Wisconsin. How will they decide?
The boys down under at news.com.au somehow came into possession of a shot of the new and currently Aussie-only 2008 Ford Falcon, codenamed "Orion." It's a perfect complement to the video our boys at Wheels took late last month. If these pictures are correct, the 2008 model of the hoontastic FoMoCo ride has a new…