30 April 2014
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and NASA engineers said they have verified the Orion spacecraft successfully passed an important environmental test called multi-point random vibration testing.
This test shakes the spacecraft´s crew module to simulate the vibration it will experience during launch and ascent. Monitoring the spacecraft´s performance through environmental testing helps to ensure that Orion will safely carry humans on future missions to deep space.
Engineers had two primary objectives during this test. The first was to correlate test results with model predictions, ensuring the spacecraft can withstand the anticipated levels of vibration during its first test flight later this year, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1). The second consisted of monitoring more than 20 avionics and propulsion components to verify their performance while subjected to the vibration environment.
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