Asian markets opened high on Thursday as Federal Reserves continued with its...
Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new space capsule, Orion, indicating its redness to begin a series of rigorous trials before its first test flight in 2013.
The space craft has been built for NASA and as originally meant to ferry astronauts to the Moon but now will be assigned the job of an emergency vehicle for the International Space Station. Lockheed Martin while showcasing the spacecraft also revealed a spacious, state-of-the-art testing center Tuesday near Denver.
Lockheed's Space Operations Simulation Center (SOSC) will be responsible for testing various aspects of the space craft including its navigation, ranging, descent and landing systems among others. The 41,000-square-foot facility will simulate deep-space environments and missions to an asteroid or the moon. Orion is expected to begin running real space missions by 2016.
John Karas, vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin's Human Space Flight programs, said in a statement, "Our nation's next bold step in exploration could begin by 2016. Orion was designed from inception to fly multiple, deep-space missions."
He described the spacecraft as ‘an incredibly robust, technically advanced vehicle’ that can safety transport humans to asteroids, Lagrange Points and other deep space destinations. He added that the spacecraft will offer an affordable and sustainable path to Mars.