The Next - Generation Spacecraft
A Masterpiece and Outstanding Hightechnological Spacecraft of the next - generation, which will bring The Human Spaceflight deeper into Space than ever before. As Flagship of the United States and ready for Exploration Flight Test 1 in 2014, The Orion MPCV will begin a New Era of Spaceflight history to far beyond Low Earth Orbit. Rigorously Tested, and Designed to be Flexible for Crew, Cargo and Instrumental Missions, the Orion will be the State - of - the Art Spacecraft, for Human Exploration needs the coming decades. To reach the goals and extended deep space missions up to 6 months, Orion Engineers developed This next - generation Spacecraft with unique life support, propulsion, thermal protections and avionic systems .
The ORION MPCV With Solar Panels
PERFORMANCES and INFO'S
The Orion has 4 Seats for Lunar Missions, and 6 for non - Lunar. Has a diameter of around 5 Metre ( 16.5 feet ) and Powered By Solar Panels . The Launch date is planned for 2014 and the Contractor was Lockheed Martin. Mass 22.7 Metric tons. And the budget for development is estimated at $8 billions . The Inhabitable volume of the Orion is 380 cubic feet .
The Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is Designed and Created to meet the evolving needs of The United States and The World's beyond low Earth Orbit Space Exploration Programs for the coming decades, perhaps Centuries. Dozens of Technology Advancements and Innovations from more than 50 Years Experience Spaceflight Research and Development are Incorporated into the Design and Subsystem of the Spacecraft.
Orion spacecraft including the ATV derived Service Module with a propulsion stage attached at the back
The ORION MPCV Parachute Flight Test 2014 January 16 in Arizona .
The ORION MPCV and The SLS. The Space Launch System
The Human Research Program, has the resposibility and mission to discover and apply the Best methods and technologies to support safe, productive far beyond low Earth Orbit Human Space Travels .
As the Flagship of The United States next - generation Space fleet,The ORION will push the envelope and Exploration needs of Human Spaceflight far beyond low Earth Orbit.
The SLS or The Space Launch System is the high - lifted Rocket which will Launch the Orion in the Upcoming Missions Into Deep Space.