The US mission to bring humans back to the moon seems to be getting closer.
Lockheed Martin, one of the aircraft makers has complete the capsules that used for NASA‘s Orion spacecraft.
The module capsule will be used in an Artemis 1 unmanned mission to the moon. In an announcement, US Vice-President, Mike Pence, showed the preparation. Right in front of the Orion spacecraft at the Neil Armstrong Operation and Checkout Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This event is also to celebrate the 50th year landing of the Apollo 11 mission. Which for the first time successfully brought humans to the moon.
The leader, chief, and CEO of Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson on the event also gave a speech. Likewise with the NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, Director of Kennedy Space Center, Robert Cabana and Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis.
In a statement, vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin Commercial Civil Space, Lisa Callahan said that Orion is a new type of the uniquely designed spacecraft. Of course, this plane was designed for long-term space flights and is believed to be able to bring humans back to the moon. Even, the first time stepping on Mars.
“Orion is a new class of spacecraft that will bring astronauts back to the moon and finally bring humans to the Mars for the first time,. And then bring them all back safely,” Told by Callahan to the Parabolicarc, Wednesday (24/7).
Orion is also believed to be able to speed up scientific inventions in the solar system of the universe. Callahan said that this would be the basis to sure the hit of the space in this era.
After the crew module carrier arrived in Florida, technicians, and engineers from Lockheed Martin, NASA and supporting contractors carefully set the capsules into its final form.
This job includes installing the capsule avionics computers and boost the systems. With the 12 machines, 11 parachutes, 16 feet diameter heat shields, front cover, and many systems. As well as the other parties too.
“Throughout the session, the team tested and ratify many systems in hundreds of the different ways to ensure that this could be operated as designed,” explained by Mike Hawes. He is the Orion program manager at Lockheed Martin.
Hawes said he was very happy that this mission would pave the way for the manned Artemis 2 mission that scheduled to be launched in the year of 2022.
The crew halls and service halls were stacked together, earlier this week in the cells of Final Assembly and System Testing (FAST).
Currently, all are fully combined, including connecting the physical storage bolts and center the lines between the two of the modules.
FAST cells have also been known as the Apollo spacecraft combined. Later, the stack will be powered and undergo a series of combined system tests.
In September, the combined stack will be sent to the NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Ohio. It is the place to test the environment in a hot vacuum room that has a large size. As well as testing for the electromagnetic interference and the affinity is carried out.
Later, Orion is scheduled to return to the Kennedy Space Center by the end of this year. The spacecraft will go through the final run-up. Before Lockheed Martin sends it to the ground system for the launch process in the early year of 2020.