Orion is one step closer to its test launch

Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

The Orion Capsule is planned to be tested early December in order to test the capsules capabilities of entering through the Earths atmosphere. Orion will be launched using the Delta IV Heavy Rocket and the rocket boosters have arrived at Cape Canaveral for their next stage of preparation.

The Delta IV Rocket stages were assembled in Alabama and sent down river to the Gulf of mexico in which they are brought to Cape Canaveral for preparation. Each of the boosters use the RS-68 Engine which is provided by Aerojet Rocketdyne (as you can see in the image). These boosters together will be the first phase of the rocket launch. The second phase is powered by one booster powered by the RL10-B-2 engine also provided by Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has provided rocket engines for NASA since the beginning of manned space flight missions. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s rocket launched the TITAN rocket with the first manned Gemini flight in 1965. Since then Aerojet Rocketdyne has been a provider of rocket engines for many NASA missions including the Mars Phoenix Lander and Mars Science Laboratory’s (MSL) decent engines.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has also supported the education of space travel through the support of the Sacramento Challenger Learning Center. Aerojet Rocketdyne has already purchased a completely new simulator for the Sacramento Challenger Learning Center to use once we have moved to the new location inside the Powerhouse Science Center.

To learn more about Aerojet Rocketdyne visit them at www.rocket.com

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