Orion Spacecraft

  • It is being developed by NASA.
  • It is a powerful, advanced launch vehicle for a new era of human exploration beyond Earths orbit.
  • It is designed to take astronauts to deep space destinations such as the Moon and Mars.
  • Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.
  • Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS)
  • SLS will launch crews of up to four astronauts in the agencys Orion spacecraft on missions to explore multiple, deep-space destinations
  • Offering more payload mass, volume capability and energy to speed missions through space than any current launch vehicle, SLS is designed to be flexible and evolvable and will open new possibilities for payloads, including robotic scientific missions to places like Mars, Saturn and Jupiter

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