NASA’s new Orion spacecraft has finally reached the launch pad for the next month’s test flight. The spaceship is specially designed to take astronauts to the places beyond the International Space Station. Some of the planned targets of this spacecraft are Mars and Moon.
The Lockheed Martin Space Systems built this gum-drop shaped spacecraft which is known as Orion. It travelled 22 miles, 6 hours journey to reach the Cape, Canaveral launch pad of Florida.
Later on, the experts lifted the spacecraft to the top of Delta IV for the first unmanned flight of 4th December. The Delta IV rocket is designed by the United Launch Alliance. In the next few weeks, the experts will put the rocket and spacecraft together to prepare them for the test flight.
Afterwards, the scientists will check the computer, parachutes, heat shield and other equipments of the new spacecraft.
The orbital test flight of Orion will end in a very short time period of four hours. The spacecraft will move twice around the planet Earth. The spacecraft will travel approximately 3,600 miles away from the planet in order to crash into the atmosphere with the high speed of 20,000 miles per hour. As per the expectations of scientist, the heat Shield of Orion will reach the temperature of around 4,000 Fahrenheit.
Furthermore, the test flight of Orion will provide significant information regarding the performance of systems, recovery operations and the working of huge Colorado- built heat shield.
Bob Cabana, director of Kennedy Space Center informed that it is the first step towards the trip to Red Planet.