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NASA's Orion Capsule Makes Perfect Test Landing, Minus A Few Parachutes

NASA hasn’t sent humans into space on its own spacecraft since the Space Shuttle orbiters retired, so they really want to be sure things are working properly before astronauts climb aboard the next-generation Orion capsule. Earlier today, NASA simulated a “Minimum System Test” in which some of Orion’s parachutes were… » 8/26/15 7:07pm Wednesday 7:07pm

This Is How NASA Moves Its Fancy Orion Capsule And Who Knows What Else

A very large truck is moving something enormous near Jacksonville, Florida right now, and whatever it is, it looks as though it is connected to a sophisticated cooling system. Back in December 2014, NASA moved a similar-looking container with the Orion capsule inside to Kennedy Space Center following Orion’s… » 8/18/15 4:18pm 8/18/15 4:18pm

What You Need To Know About Tomorrow's Orion Spacecraft Test Flight

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? » 12/03/14 5:50pm 12/03/14 5:50pm

Holy Crap, NASA Is Considering Improvements To Orion That We Proposed

I'm not going to lie; I'm pretty excited about this. Let me make this clear right up front, though: I don't actually think NASA is using my idea, as such. But, NASA has announced it's considering an addition to the Orion spacecraft that's exactly like what I proposed last year. Hear me out. » 10/10/14 2:33pm 10/10/14 2:33pm

With One Small Step For Orion, NASA Practices Ocean Recovery

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. » 8/17/13 3:39pm 8/17/13 3:39pm