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Visit to NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, a slideshow: Orion

On July 7, Chuck Murray, Senior Technical Editor for Design News and myself, Steve Taranovich, Editor-in-chief, Planet Analog visited the behind-the-scenes operations of the Orion program at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. Orion, a new spacecraft that will carry man into a new era of space exploration. Orion will carry us farther in space than we have ever gone before. See my EDN article on Orion from late last year for an extensive overview of the systems of this amazing spacecraft. The articles to come from our trip will be a follow on to that article.

In the coming weeks you can expect an exciting group of technical articles on Orion from Chuck at Design News and myself on Planet Analog and EDN. Keep an eye out on all three sites as well as on EETimes which may carry some of these articles as well.

The following slideshow will give a brief outline of what we experienced at NASA and a bit about what our coming articles and blogs will address in great detail. The articles will be about the exceptionally talented NASA people working within the Orion program within a tight budget, but firmly dedicated to the safety of the astronaut space explorers on board. Using their creativity and clever ideas, these men and women have managed to work technological feats that will make this program capture the imagination of the world just as the 60s quest to land a man on the moon did.

Click on the first slideshow image below to see some of the photos by my photographer-wife, Loretta of our amazing journey through the Orion program:

Meet Nujoud Merancy, Mission Planning and Analysis Lead for Orion who discussed Orion's mission with us and how it will be executed. Merancy is explaining here, on a whiteboard, how the next Orion mission termed EM-1 will orbit the Earth and then orbit the Moon in 2017. This flight will be an unmanned 25 to 26 day mission similar to the way that Apollo 8 orbited the Earth and Moon. I will be writing an article which will go into detail on the sequence of events as Merancy has determined for optimal thermal, electrical and maneuvering sequence steps to efficiently and safely guide Orion through its journey.

Meet Nujoud Merancy, Mission Planning and Analysis Lead for Orion who discussed Orion’s mission with us and how it will be executed. Merancy is explaining here, on a whiteboard, how the next Orion mission termed EM-1 will orbit the Earth and then orbit the Moon in 2017. This flight will be an unmanned 25 to 26 day mission similar to the way that Apollo 8 orbited the Earth and Moon. I will be writing an article which will go into detail on the sequence of events as Merancy has determined for optimal thermal, electrical and maneuvering sequence steps to efficiently and safely guide Orion through its journey.

2 comments on “Visit to NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, a slideshow: Orion

  1. Katie O'Kew
    July 29, 2015

    I always wondered how NASA planned their orbits for a new space mission with such wondrous precision. Now I see on the whiteboard exactly how they do it. Marvelous!

    And I always imagined they used computers and advanced Newtonian calculus….

  2. Steve Taranovich
    July 29, 2015

    @Katie OQ—Hahaha—It is rocket science!

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