Science and Exploration

Welding Is Underway On The Artemis III Orion Spacecraft

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
February 7, 2021
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Welding Is Underway On The Artemis III Orion Spacecraft
Artemis III Orion Spacecraft

At NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, technicians from Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin have welded together three cone-shaped panels on Orion’s crew module for the Artemis III mission that will land the first woman and next man on the Moon.

The crew module’s primary structure, the pressure vessel, is comprised of seven machined aluminum alloy pieces that are welded together through a weld process that produces a strong, air-tight habitable space for astronauts during the mission. The pressure vessel is designed to withstand the harsh and demanding environment of deep space, and is the core structure upon which all the other elements of Orion’s crew module are integrated.

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