The Orion and Beyond
The Orion has a long journey to travel and a lot of adventures to seek. It will return to the Moon and study the moon even more than the Apollo did. This is the 2nd lunar landing mission on the moon. There will be a capsule before anything gets there to secure the landing and the surface. NASA envisions using airbags to cushion the blow of a landing for the Orion Capsule. The airbags are supposed to secure the landing by decreasing the power off hitting the surface and avoid crashing. The next place in our solar system the Orion shuttle will hit is planet Mars. The Red planet other seen by the Hubba Telescope will be orbited by project orion while it is near us according to the solar system orbit.
The latest shuttle of NASA has been the first of the constellation series. The shuttle is named after the constellation Orion. The shuttle is called The Orion Shuttle. This shuttle will complete it's form of being built in 2009 April 9th. The first test flight with humans will be in the year of 2014. In the year of 2020 this shuttle will take NASA to discover more on the moon. A few years afterwards the shuttle will be launched into Mars another planet in our solar system yet with only a number of craters and a surface. There is no life on the planet Mars. This shuttle has just a 50% chance of being damaged even a little. Between all of these missions and launches there will be months and a severe number of years to repair the craft and take out old technology and put in the latest software if needed. This shuttle is already in progress of being built and this shuttle is being built in John Kennedy Space Center, Florida launch pad 39B.
This shuttle has almost the same features of the old Apollo 11. Very much in common except this shuttle can accomplish more because the craft has newer software and technology. The shuttle itself is also newer than the apollo 11. This shuttle is completing so many missions because there might not be a next craft so the NASA crew is trying to discover the most they can and the fact this is the first of the series to try to keep it's name of being number 1 it must accomplish something valuable to the world. Using $500,000 as a reasonable pulse-unit cost, this implies a fuel cost of $175 million, cheaper than a shuttle launch. Still that does not mean only fuel will power this shuttle there is a chance that NASA will power this shuttle by solar energy but they still have to buy 175 million dollars of solar energy fuel to fill the shuttle tank up.
The Orion Shuttle spacecraft will be powered by nuclear power as a main energy. The contractor for this shuttle had to impress NASA a huge amount to get this deal. That lucky man is Lockheed Martin. This man and his crew is building project orion. "We're bringing the design teams together and looking at the features of this so that we can adjust and have one integrated concept," NASA's Orion project manager Caris 'Skip' Hatfield told SPACE.com this month, adding that astronauts are key in the design process. "We don't want to deliver them a cockpit and have them hate it." . He shares what he thinks about the whole contract of giving it to Lockheed Martin. This shuttle has millions of people counting on this craft and have big hopes for the orion shuttle. The public thinks the shuttle will do missions which are needed to NASA, that is what public expects of the Orion shuttle spacecraft.