Orion processing heats up ahead of EFT-1 mission

February 10, 2013 by Chris Bergin

NASA’s first Orion to head into space is continuing to be pieced together, with a major milestone – involving the first flight ready heat shield – now complete. The largest composite heat shield ever built will protect Orion during its high velocity re-entry during Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1), which is just over 18 months away.

EFT-1 Hardware:

The EFT-1 Orion started to take shape inside the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) back in the middle of 2011, marking the first construction of a NASA spacecraft intended for humans since the assembly of Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1982.

Using an innovative new friction stir welding process – developed especially for Orion construction – the birth of the EFT-1 Orion enjoyed a happy childhood in New Orleans, all while providing an assembly template for future Orion spacecraft that will be put together at the facility made famous by its Shuttle External Tank production.

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