Orion Spacecraft Arrives at Ohio Aboard NASA’s Super Guppy

Katie Ramirez
November 27, 2019

Its destination is NASA's research station in Sandusky.

NASA's huge "Super Guppy" plane was deployed to ferry the new Orion craft from the Kennedy Space Station in Florida to its testing site in OH on Sunday. You can't just FedEx it to OH, but NASA has an aircraft specifically for this kind of operation called the Super Guppy.

The Orion is predicted to undergo thermal and electromagnetic checking out in NASA's Dwelling Environments Complex. "During this phase, the spacecraft will be subjected to extreme temperatures, ranging from -250 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, to replicate flying in and out of sunlight and shadow in space", said NASA in a news release Monday.

NASA expects the second round of testing to last 14 days and the experiment will confirm if all of Orion's electronics operate properly under stress.

The Orion spacecraft is the next generation of manned capsules created to ferry the next man and first woman to the Moon.

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NASA's ambitions for manned spaceflight have not been so high for decades.

Once testing is complete, Orion will be returned to Kennedy for integration with the Space Launch System in preparation for the uncrewed Artemis I Moon mission.

Orion is heavily based on the classic Apollo command module, but is fully reusable. After parachuting to Earth, the Orion spacecraft can be refurbished and launched again on future missions.

Members of the public were invited to check out the cool space technology and learn about NASA's Artemis program, which aims to place the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024, Fox 8 Cleveland reported. NASA wants to establish a lunar outpost by 2028.

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