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Posted 22 October 2013 - 12:34 PM
NASA Spacecraft Hardware Ready for Pressure Testing in Preparation for Upcoming Orion Launch
The design and fabrication of critical flight hardware that will be used to keep NASA’s Orion spacecraft safe during launch was recently completed at Janicki Industries in Hamilton, Wash. The hardware arrived Sept. 26 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. for final preparations before Orion's first mission planned for September 2014.
Orion's stage adapter diaphragm serves as a barrier between the upper-stage of the launch vehicle and the spacecraft, preventing hydrogen gas build up from the rocket beneath the spacecraft before and during launch.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001