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Lockheed Martin unveils spacecraft test facility

Lockheed Martin unveils spacecraft test facility

Lockheed Martin Corp. unveiled a new facility Monday that will test a spacecraft that might be used as an escape vehicle on the International Space Station.
The company, a prime contractor to NASA for the Orion project, said the testing to simulate space conditions will be done in the 41,000-square-foot (3,808-square meter) Space Operations Simulation Center at its Waterton Canyon site south of Denver.
The Orion capsule was originally designed to take astronauts back to the moon. But President Barack Obama killed that plan last year.
One proposal is to send the capsule to the space station for use as an escape vehicle.
Lockheed said the test facility was built at company expense.
The Orion spacecraft includes a module for crew and cargo, and a service module for propulsion, electrical power and other requirements. There's also a launch abort system designed to improve crew safety.


Updated : 2021-04-17 00:49 GMT+08:00