Orion Explained : NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Infographic) - by : Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

Orion Explained : NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Infographic) - by : Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

See how NASA's new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, based on the Orion capsule, stacks up against other crewed spaceships in this SPACE.com infographic.

See how NASA's new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, based on the Orion capsule, stacks up against other crewed spaceships in this SPACE.com infographic.

The capsule will travel about 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) from Earth, then zoom back again at high speeds in order to test various systems, including its heat shielding and resistance to radiation.

The capsule will travel about 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) from Earth, then zoom back again at high speeds in order to test various systems, including its heat shielding and resistance to radiation.

Picture of the day for March 09 2017 by Nasa Engineers Successfully Test the Parachutes for NASA's Orion Spacecraft at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

Picture of the day for March 09 2017 by Nasa Engineers Successfully Test the Parachutes for NASA's Orion Spacecraft at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

Orion_TLI.4k | by NASA Orion Spacecraft

Orion_TLI.4k | by NASA Orion Spacecraft

NASA Simulates Orion Spacecraft Launch Conditions for Crew In a lab at NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston engineers simulated conditions that astronauts in space suits would experience when the Orion spacecraft is vibrating during launch atop the agencys powerful Space Launch System rocket on its way to deep space destinations.

NASA Simulates Orion Spacecraft Launch Conditions for Crew In a lab at NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston engineers simulated conditions that astronauts in space suits would experience when the Orion spacecraft is vibrating during launch atop the agencys powerful Space Launch System rocket on its way to deep space destinations.

On Feb. 22, engineers successfully installed ESA’s European Service Module Propulsion Qualification Module (PQM) at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico that was delivered by Airbus – ESA’s prime contractor for the Service Module. The module will be equipped with a total of 21 engines to support NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

On Feb. 22, engineers successfully installed ESA’s European Service Module Propulsion Qualification Module (PQM) at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico that was delivered by Airbus – ESA’s prime contractor for the Service Module. The module will be equipped with a total of 21 engines to support NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

Orion Spacecraft

Orion Spacecraft

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