Build to Launch Ep 3
NASA's Next Human Exploration Spacecraft -NASA's Spacecraft to serve as the primary crew vehicle for missions beyond LEO
-Capable of conducting regular in-space operations (rendezvous, docking, extravehicular activity) in conjunction with payloads delivered by SLS for missions beyond LEO
-Capability to be a backup system for ISS cargo and crew delivery
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For the first time in a generation, NASA is building a deep space human spacecraft that will usher in a new era of exploration into deep space. Orion will operate in a challenging environment far from Earth. It will be the most capable spacecraft in the world, with a versatile design containing the systems and safety features to serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain astronauts during increasingly long and challenging missions thousands of miles from Earth, and provide safe re-entry under deep space return velocities.
NASA is building a sustainable presence on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis Program. The journey begins with the Orion spacecraft – NASA’s next generation spaceship that will launch atop the world’s most powerful rocket to take astronauts on a journey of exploration to the Moon and on to Mars. Orion is part of NASA’s backbone for deep space exploration, along with the Space Launch System rocket and the lunar Gateway.
To protect astronauts on these long-duration missions and return them safely to Earth, Orion engineers have woven innovative technology, advanced systems and state-of-the-art thermal protection into the fabric of the spacecraft. The team behind Orion has built upon the past 50 years of space exploration experience in human spaceflight, launch operations, robotic precursor missions, in-space construction and mission management.