Inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, members of the media receive an on activities in NASA’s Ground Systems Development and Operations, or GSDO, Program, Space Launch System and Orion crew module for Exploration Test Flight 1. Speaking to the media is Larry Price, Lockheed Martin deputy program manager for Orion. In the background, from left are Scott Wilson, manager of Orion Production Operations at Kennedy Jeremy Parsons, chief of the GSDO Operations Integration Office at Kennedy Tom Erdman, from Marshall Space Flight Center’s Kennedy resident office and Jules Schneider, Lockheed Martin manager of Orion Production Operations.
Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry crews to space beyond low Earth orbit. It will provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. Orion’s first unpiloted test flight is scheduled to launch in 2014 atop a Delta IV rocket. A second uncrewed flight test is scheduled for 2017 on NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann