Thursday, June 30, 2011

Coming Attractions

The Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is currently touring the United States.

The Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), née Orion, is currently on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex through the Fourth of July.

According to a June 14 NASA press release:

NASA is inviting the public to view a test version of the agency's next spacecraft that will carry humans into deep space ...

During a test flight in New Mexico last year, a new launch abort system propelled the spacecraft off the launch pad to a speed of almost 445 mph in three seconds. The spacecraft then parachuted to the desert floor.

The test module eventually will be moved to Kennedy's Operations and Checkout Facility for further study.

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