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Bookmaker was right: Orion will be next US crewed capsule if first SLS launch carries humans…and Musk does not do it first

A couple of years ago a UK/Irish bookmaker (Paddy Power) was offering odds on which US spacecraft would carry the next humans into space. Its wisdom is now becoming apparent. For instead of choosing commercial crew contractees, Boeing or SpaceX, …

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China to ditch Soyuz-inspired Shenzhou manned spacecraft in favour of Apollo/Orion-style design

Just as most modern jet airliners look the same as they optimise their shapes for their mission, so manned spacecraft are starting to look very similar. Sinodefence.com has revealed that China is working on a new manned spacecraft design that …

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IAC 2015 Jerusalem: Late starting European Service Module rushes to catch up with SLS and Orion as they start construction

While the recent film “The Martian”, starring Matt Damon, whetted the appetite of the general public for long-range human exploration, in truth, any mission to Mars is at least 20 years away. Similarly, while NASA has recently revealed its initial …

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From round ones to X-shaped rectangles for Orion’s solar arrays

Now that the European Space Agency (ESA) is charged with building the new service module for NASA’s Orion manned spacecraft (full story here), its solar arrays are now expected to use the X-configuration that the ATV vessel uses (ESA’s ATV is …

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PICTURE: Lockheed reveals Orion heat shield progress

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credit: Lockheed Martin / caption: the heat shield is 5m (15ft) in diameter

Hyperbola didn’t get its interview with Lockheed Martin Space Systems’ human spaceflight vice president in the end and now the company has released information (see below) about its progress

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French govt study backs Orion Ariane 5 launch

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credit: EADS Astrium / caption: Starting this year the Oriane-Ariane launch systems could be ready by 2019

NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle (CEV) could be launched by the latest version of Europe’s EADS Astrium Ariane 5 rocket by 2019 according …

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Hyperbola says forget flexible folly, opt for national capability

Hyperbola has come to the conclusion that the leading exploration option from Norman Augustine’s report, much reported in the press, will sacrifice workforce, skills, infrastructure and technology for a gilded future that will never be realised 

There comes a point in any under …

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Space station docking standards are so popular this season!

·      Below is NASA’s answer to Hyperbola’s question about multiple efforts for docking systems that seemed to be springing up everywhere

As well as progress with the Orion crew exploration vehicle’s LIDS NASA has informed Hyperbola that $15 million is …

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NASA’s alternate Orion launch abort MLAS test now late May

A press release about NASA’s Maximum Launch Abort System test launch can be expected in the next two weeks. Originally scheduled for a 14-month development period and a September 2008 launch test, that was put back to no earlier than

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NASA: Orion to get Apollo command module style balloons

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credit NASA / caption: 24 July 1969, the Apollo 11 command module up righting balloons can be clearly seen

It looks like NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle is going to have even more similarities with the space agency’s Apollo command module

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NASA’s Orion gets its heat shield, at last

NASA announced yesterday that the reformulation of the Apollo programme’s Avcoat has been selected for its Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV)

Flight predicted this in its 10 March article about the heat shield when an announcement was expected that month. Instead …

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Orion’s heat shield: it’s decision time

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credit Lockheed Martin / caption: the heat shield has become a very tall tent pole in the Orion tent, so to speak

In the next few weeks NASA is to announce its selection for the heat shield material for the Orion …

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Will vibration force astronauts to use handheld units to control Orion?

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credit NASA /caption: Orion’s pilots guide the craft towards an Altair lunar lander docking

From 1 May NASA is to start a three-year human machine interface research and development study for defining the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle’s (CEV) cockpit layout …

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OFFICIAL: 2016 launch of pure-Russian ACTS


credit Energia / caption: First seen at Farnborough air show 2008, will this design change?

A prime contractor is to be picked for Russia’s Advanced Crew Transportation System (ACTS) following a meeting of the Russian Federal Space Agency’s (Roscosmo) scientific and …

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The new X-38/CRV: SpaceX’s Dragon?


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For those of you who didn’t spot it in my colleague John Croft’s NASA commercial resupply services (CRS) analysis Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has apparently started a study for NASA on how to send to the International …

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The Hyperbola poll: What next for NASA?

Soon to be a regular feature of Hyperbola, OK, well when I feel like it 

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PICTURES: Orion parachute drop test vehicle

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credit: NASA

Get a closer view of this Orion parachute drop test vehicle in the extended portion of this blog care of one John Gourley

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VIDEO: NASA industry day September 2008

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credit: NASA

Thanks to Hyperbola reader Dwayne Day you can watch a 3h Lunar Exploration industry briefing day video with presentations by the leadership of NASA’s Constellation programme, its manager Jeffrey Hanley, its Ares project office manager Steve Cook, its …

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VIDEO: Technology choices forced Orion 10-month PDR delay

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credit: Lockheed Martin / caption: Orion’s PDR is now mid-2009 instead of November 2008

Speaking at the 3rd International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) conference in Rome two of Lockheed Martin’s Orion team members, Michael Saemisch and …

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Orion CEV: Who says engineering can’t be fun?

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Credit: NASA

Lockheed Martin’s Orion project team recently assembled a full-scale low fidelity Orion crew exploration vehicle module aft bay, subsystems mock-up in Johnson Space Center’s space vehicle mockup facility, also known as building nine…

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