NASA lança Orion no primeiro passo do seu futuro


A cápsula espacial Orion foi lançada desde Cabo Canaveral no início de uma caminhada que no futuro possivelmente poderá levar a Humanidade a explorar os asteróides e Marte.

O lançamento teve lugar às 1205:00TC do dia 5 de Dezembro de 2014 e foi levado a cabo pelo foguetão Delta-IV Heavy a partir do Complexo de Lançamento SLC-37B do Cabo Canaveral AFS.

Mais informações sobre a missão aqui.

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    • Dinis Ribeiro on 07/12/2014 at 10:49
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    Há que sublinhar a importância do desenvolvimento gradual desta nova capacidade para os voos tripulados.

    Vamos então esperar pelas decisões de 16 de Dezembro sobre o ARM (Asteroid Redirect Mission):

    … relocate an asteroid into a high, retrograde lunar orbit, positioning it for a future Orion crew as well as for commercial entities and other countries interested in mining and exploration initiatives …

    Sobre as alterações na consciência colectiva nos anos 60:


    …1972 marked humanity’s last mission to the Moon and with it, all the optimism of the space era died. But on the brink of nuclear annihilation, with the war in Vietnam raging on, our journey to the Moon saved the world’s collective mind. As television reporter David Brinkley said during Apollo 8’s live Christmas Eve television special, broadcasted from the orbit of the Moon:

    The human race, without many victories lately, had one today. Thank you Apollo 8. You saved 1968. …

    Sobre a participação da ESA na Orion:

    …NASA announced on January 16, 2013, that ESA will construct the service module for Exploration Mission 1 in 2017.They will use hardware from their current Automated Transfer Vehicle to construct a compatible service module to the spacecraft.

    On 17 November 2014 ESA signed a €390 million contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the development and construction of the service module. The first Orion mission to use the module is expected to be Exploration Mission 1 Scheduled for launch at the end of 2018. …

    Mais informação no site da ESA:


    … ESA is developing the module as a contribution to the International Space Station common operation costs, drawing on expertise gained with ESA’s hugely successful Automated Transfer Vehicle series of cargo vessels, the European supply craft for the orbital complex.

    Funding to complete development was agreed at the Council at Ministerial Level held on 2 December.

    Located directly below the Orion crew module, it will carry the propulsion capability for orbital transfer, attitude control and high-altitude ascent aborts. It will also generate power using solar wings and store it, and provide thermal control, water, oxygen and nitrogen for the astronauts until just before their return to Earth, when it will separate from the crew module.

    The service module on Exploration Flight Test-1, which was built by Lockheed Martin, was mainly a structural representation of the final version. …

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