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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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RE: I'm sorry...
By cjc1103 on 9/24/2010 9:38:54 AM , Rating: 2
Give me a break, whwere did you get these "requirements"?
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Next generation propulsion technology--fail

Wold you put your a#$ on the line with a new relatively unproven rocket? What is the "next generation", please explain.
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More room for experiments--fail

The ISS wasdesigned for space experiments, the capsule is to transport astronauts
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Extra mobility--fail

Extra mobilty for what?
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Extended mission duration and capability--fail

Actually the Orion would have taken us to the moon in it's original configuration. If you are just going to the ISS, then you don't need extended duration.
Space travel is not easy. The space shuttle was a great idea, and allowed us to build the ISS, however it turned out to be a very expensive (and risky) way to get to space. You may say the capsule is 60's technology, but do you have a better idea? Star Wars fighters are not going to work. And traveling to another star is not going to feasible anytime soon, if at all. Even if you could get to 80-85% of the speed of light, it would take forever. The astronauts would have to procreate in space, and then their grandchildren might get to the end of the journey. That's if the radiation doesn't kill them, and if they find another earth like planet. Also those people would have lived their whole lives in zero gravity, so it would be doubtful if they would be able to adjust to living in gravity. Get real.


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