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NASA's Orion spacecraft is scheduled to undergo a design test in April 2019 of the capsule's launch abort system (LAS).

Orion System Tests Underway

To ensure everything performs as planned, the Orion spacecraft destined for Exploration Mission-1 was successfully powered up for the first time this week in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center.

The team developing and building Orion's parachute system that ensures the crew module can safely descend to Earth evaluated how the parachutes perform during a scenario in which an abort while on the launch pad is necessary.

At the Promontory, Utah, facility of Orion subcontractor Orbital ATK, engineers tested the abort motor for Orion's launch abort system June 15, firing the 17-foot tall motor for five seconds.

In a lab at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, engineers simulated conditions that astronauts in space suits would experience when the Orion spacecraft is vibrating during launch atop the agency's powerful Space Launch System rocket.

Orion Module Recovery Testing

U.S. Navy divers and other personnel in a rigid hull Zodiac boat have attached tether lines to a test version of the Orion crew module.

NASA successfully kicked off a series of tests Sept. 30 to qualify Orion's parachute system for flights with astronauts, a milestone that will help the agency safely return crew to Earth from deep-space missions.

Inside the high bay in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the protective coverings were removed from the Orion heat shield for Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1).

A test version of the European Service Module at NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, USA.

Orion Undergoes Pressure Tests

Engineers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently conducted a series of pressure tests of the Orion pressure vessel.

Orion Spacesuit Testing

Engineers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston are evaluating how crews inside a mockup of the Orion spacecraft interact with the rotational hand controller and cursor control device while inside their Modified Advanced Crew Escape spacesuits.

Orion's Pressure Vessel Completed

NASA's Orion spacecraft is another step closer to launching on its first mission to deep space atop the agency's Space Launch System rocket.

Completion of Orion's Pressure Vessel

NASA's Orion spacecraft is another step closer to launching on its first mission to deep space atop the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

European Service Module Undergoes Testing

The European Service Module is ESA's contribution to NASA's Orion spacecraft that will send astronauts to the Moon and beyond. It provides electricity, water, oxygen and nitrogen as well as keeping the spacecraft at the right temperature and on course.

Orion Egress Training

NASA's Orion and the Ground Systems Development and Operations Programs practice egress training Oct. 6-8 using a mockup of the Orion crew module in the 6.2-million-gallon Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at Johnson Space Center.

NASA's Orion Program kicked off its critical design review at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston the week of Aug. 3.

Engineers are partnering this month at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center to remove and analyze some 180 small squares of an ablative material called Avcoat -- the outer coating of the heat shield that protected the Orion crew module during its 2014 flight test

Engineers and technicians at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston are testing the spacesuit astronauts will wear in the agency's Orion spacecraft on trips to deep space.

Engineers across the country have been busy taking a closer look at NASA's Orion spacecraft and the data it produced during its successful flight test in December 2014.

Orion Is Back On Earth

Orion has landed perfectly in the Pacific. Alas, only CNBC showed it live. NASA TV broke again. Conclusion: 1. NASA needs to buy more bandwidth. 2. NASA missions are popular with people even if TV networks are clueless.

Orion Is In Orbit

Orion was launched on-time this morning at 7:05 am ET. Only CNBC and Fox carried the launch live. CNN and MSNBC did not. None of the major TV networks are now showing live updates.

Today's attempt to launch Orion EFT-1 has been scrubbed today after continuing issues with ground winds - and then with fill and drain valves on the Delta IV Heavy Launch vehicle. There were also issues with battery levels on the rocket's video system. The plan seems to be to try again tomorrow with a 7:05 am ET launch time.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the agency's Orion spacecraft passes the spaceport's iconic Vehicle Assembly Building as it is transported to Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Orion Is Complete

NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft. The spacecraft will remain inside NASA's Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center until it rolls to launch pad 37 in November.

Video: Orion's First Mission

NASA's newest spacecraft, Orion, will be launching into space for the first time in December 2014, on a flight that will take it farther than any spacecraft built to carry humans has gone in more than 40 years and through temperatures twice as hot as molten lava to put its critical systems to the test.

NASA's new Orion spacecraft and the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry it into space are at their penultimate stops in Florida on their path to a December flight test.

The First Orion Crew Module Is Complete

NASA's first completed Orion crew module sits atop its service module at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Recovery Tests for Orion Are Underway

A test version of NASA's Orion spacecraft floats inside the well deck of the U.S.S. Anchorage on Aug. 2, 2014, during recovery tests off the coast of California.

NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft on Wednesday.

ESA is a step closer to building the future of human spaceflight and exploration in Europe by completing the preliminary design review of Europe's Service Module for NASA's Orion vehicle to send astronauts beyond low orbit

Orion Is In Final Assembly

Lockheed Martin and NASA engineers have started the process of installing the largest heat shield ever built onto the Orion spacecraft's crew module.

Orion is marching ever closer to its first trip to space on a flight that will set the stage for human exploration of new destinations in the solar system.

Orion Service Module Complete

Work has been progressing steadily on all three main parts of Orion - the service module, the crew module and the launch abort system - and this month the service module joined the launch abort system in crossing the finish line.

NASA Conducts Orion Parachute Test

Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA's Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Thursday, Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight.

Orion Heads Cross Country

A test version of NASA's Orion spacecraft gears up to take a long road trip.