Inside the Operations and Checkout Building, a birdcage tool along with work platforms
surround the Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 crew module. (Credit: NASA/Charisse Nahser)

NASA, Private Companies Team Up for Orion Work

Posted by Doug Messier on January 27, 2013, at 6:28 am

By Cheryl L. Mansfield
NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Using its experienced workforce and state-of-the-art facilities, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is working with private companies to ensure the future of U.S. space exploration stays on course. By bringing contracted work to Kennedy, NASA is providing a means to expedite Orion work from months to build and ship across the nation, to mere days.

NASA employees and Lockheed Martin contractors are working side by side in a revamped area of Kennedy’s Operations and Checkout Building. Their goal is to prepare NASA’s Orion spacecraft for its first launch, Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1, in 2014. Orion is designed to take American astronauts farther into space than ever before.

Colocating contractors on-site provides the advantage of having center personnel and facilities readily available. Because of this cooperative effort, the Orion team is achieving its scheduled milestones for assembly and checkout of the spacecraft ahead of schedule.

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