NASA – Preparations are underway to begin integration of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Launch Abort System (foreground) with the Crew Module (background) for acoustical testing. The tests will be conducted in the Reverberant Acoustics Laboratory at the Lockheed Martin Waterton facility near Denver, Colorado. The Orion stack will be exposed to a series of acoustic tests of increasing decibels that simulate the sound pressure levels that the vehicle will encounter during launch.
With that countdown, the Apollo-like test article that is a base model for the agency’s future Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, took flight swinging across the sky — nearing 50 mph (80.5 kph) — at NASA Langley’s Landing and Impact Research Facility. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith
Testing NASA’s Next Deep Space Vehicle
Splash test of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle mockup in the Hydro Impact Basin (HIB) Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) Boilerplate Test Article (BTA) drop test on July 21, 2011 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Image Credit: NASA/Sean Smith