Written by Bella Dalima
11 Jun, 2014 | 4:14 pm
The spacecraft that is hoped to take man to Mars is about to be tested for the first time.
Nasa’s Orion spacecraft will take its first flight in December.
On Wednesday, staff at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida began the final assembly for the test.
Engineers began stacking the crew module on top of the completed service module, the first step in moving the three primary Orion elements –crew module, service module and launch abort system – into the correct configuration for launch.
‘Now that we’re getting so close to launch, the spacecraft completion work is visible every day,’ said Mark Geyer, NASA’s Orion Program manager.
‘Orion’s flight test will provide us with important data that will help us test out systems and further refine the design so we can safely send humans far into the solar system to uncover new scientific discoveries on future missions.’
With the crew module now in place, the engineers will secure it and make the necessary power connections between to the service module over the course of the week.
Once the bolts and fluid connector between the modules are in place, the stacked spacecraft will undergo electrical, avionic and radio frequency tests.
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