Aug 03 2015

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Changes resulting from test flight made to Orion

LM Successfully Tests Design Changes for Orion Spacecraft’s Fairing Separation System.

The separation took about three seconds and the design changes tested were:

  • New push-off springs that push on the fairing for a longer period of time to provide increased safety and reliability.
  • As part of an ongoing mass reduction effort, the team used four crew module structural attachments instead of six.
  • Star trackers, or cameras that provide positioning from the stars, are used for navigation on the spacecraft. The fairing separation system pulls off the star tracker covers which prevent contamination before launch, and this process was tested for the first time.

Still not a big fan of this project, but progress *is* progress, I guess.

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