December 05, 2014
I admit to a small amount of disappointment. When I first heard of the Orion project, this is what I thought of immediately, not the usual rocket/capsule arrangement. Sure, there's that pesky "nuking your own planet" thing, but I'm sure they could figure something out.
Still, this new Orion is planned to be used to get us to Mars. However, for this launch it was unmanned... which doesn't mean there wasn't anything on board. The TV show Sesame Street donated mementos to the flight, including Cookie Monster's cookies, the Inchworm, Super Grover's cape... and Ernie's rubber duckie.
If that isn't the coolest darn thing ever, I don't know what is.
"Still, this new Orion is planned to be used to get us to Mars."
Someday...maybe. I wouldn't count on seeing a manned mission to Mars in my lifetime, when it's supposed to be done with a ship that's going to get test flights at a rate of 1 every 3 years. The children of the people who flew on a Dragon capsule will be greeting the Orion crew.
Posted by: Rick C at December 05, 2014 04:29 PM (ECH2/)
Posted by: GreyDuck at December 05, 2014 06:17 PM (3m7pZ)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 05, 2014 06:31 PM (+rSRq)
"How many orbits did they do before bringing it down? "
I believe the plan was 2 orbits.
Here's a story about it. Looks like it went (briefly) into a pretty highly elliptical orbit so they could do a full-test high-speed reentry.
Posted by: Rick C at December 05, 2014 07:42 PM (0a7VZ)
Posted by: Wonderduck at December 05, 2014 10:27 PM (jGQR+)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 05, 2014 11:11 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at December 06, 2014 10:04 AM (jGQR+)
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