Engineers at NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed installing the largest heat shield ever constructed for the federal space agency’s Orion spacecraft, which is scheduled to be launched in December.
Engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., have developed a new adapter to connect the Orion to the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, which will launch the spacecraft on its test flight in December.
“In the future, Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System,” NASA said, on its website. “More powerful than any rocket ever built, SLS will be capable of sending humans to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and eventually Mars.”
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