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Renovations aim to streamline space operations for the Orion Project.

Plans have been set in motion to get the nation's next space exploration vehicle prepared for flight. Lockheed Martin announced this week that they have a crew on-site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to began lean assembly path-finding operations for the Orion spacecraft.   

A full-scale Orion mock-up is being used to conduct simulated manufacturing and assembly operations to verify the tools, processes and spacecraft integration procedures.  

The finished product is expected to be fully assembled by Lockheed Martin on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center according to a press release from the company.

"The unique benefit of this complete on-site operation is that we will build the spacecraft and then move it directly onto the launch vehicle at KSC, which saves the government transportation costs associated with tests and checkout prior to launch,” said Lockheed Martin Orion Deputy Program Manager for production operations Richard Harris. “This capability also facilitates the KSC workforce transition efforts by providing new job opportunities for those employees completing their shuttle program assignments."

To help support NASA's next generation spacecraft fleet, Lockheed Martin and NASA worked together in a two-year effort on renovations for the Operations & Checkout Facility at the Kennedy Space Center.  

The collaboration produced a new and improved "O&C".  Paperless workstations, a portable clean room system, portable tooling stations, and air-bearing floor space were some of the upgrades that resulted in the state-of-the-art complex being dubbed the “the spacecraft factory of the future”.  

Lockheed Martin
 is currently the prime contractor to NASA for the Orion Project.

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By Callmeaslut on 9/23/2010 9:29:36 AM , Rating: 2
Could we please have some direction in our program? We don't know what to do, because there isn't really enough money to do anything. We have about five programs that are started, but little or no future funding to finish.

Wouldn't it be great to have a program we can watch from start to finish, root for it along the way - and see it complete?

By EJ257 on 9/23/2010 11:13:49 AM , Rating: 2
If your expecting Mr. Obama to pull a JFK and announce we're going to land a man on Mars and safely return him to Earth before the next decade is up don't hold your breath. The USA is in so much red ink right now we're lucky we still even have a space program.

By DrApop on 9/23/2010 11:16:20 AM , Rating: 2
Go to the NASA website and you will see there are a lot more than five programs up and running.

By kattanna on 9/23/2010 4:28:00 PM , Rating: 2
Could we please have some direction

considering obamas director of science and technology feels we need to "de-develop" i say we are on the path the white house wishes

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