Implementing the Vision 2nd Space Exploration Conference

Project Orion Overview

Skip Hatfield
Orion CEV Project Manager

December 6, 2006

Orion System Elements
Orion consists of four functional modules
Launch Abort System -emergency escape during launch

Crew Module –
crew and cargo transport

Service Module –
propulsion, electrical power, fluids storage

Spacecraft Adapter –
structural transition to launch vehicle

NASA and LM Working to Refine Requirements and Design Systematically
2005 Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar April May June 2006 July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec 2007 Jan Feb

Phase 1 ATP
CEV Major Milestones

Draft SRD Release

CEV Arch Changes

CFI

CxP ICPR

FacetoFace

Phase 2 ATP

CxP SRR

CEV SRR Kickoff CEV SRR Board (Mar ’07)

RAC-1

RAC-2

RAC-3

CICP Approval
CRC-1

CEV Analysis Cycles

CRC-1A

CEV-CLV DAC Outbrief

NASA ––LM Team NASA LM Team

CRC-2

CRC-1 CRC-3

CRC-1A “605” Config

CRC-2 CRC-3
RAC = Requirements Analysis Cycle CRC = CEV Reference Configuration

NASA-LM Reconciled Configuration

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Major NASA Technology Applications to Meet the Mission
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Initial Pull-Up

Controlled Climb to Atmospheric Exit

Ball istic

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Final WX Update TD-3 hrs
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Edge of Atmosphere

Landing Site

Automated Rendezvous & Docking

Docking Systems

TPS “Heat Shield” Parachutes

Landing Impact Attenuation
Retrorockets Airbags

Orion Production Infrastructure is Coming On-Line!
• KSC / Operations & Checkout Building
– Highbay for all CEV final assembly – Highbay cleanout underway – Handover planned on 1 Jan 2007

Michoud Assembly Facility
– Primary structure manufacturing – Composite and metal fabrication – Initial outfitting to start 1 Jan 2007

Flight Test Program -- Progress Toward First Flight

High Altitude Abort LAS Jettison

Completed agreement with USAF to develop the Abort Test Boosters (ATB)
– Released Request for Proposal (RFI) to industry for the ATBs – Expect Jan-Feb selection

Max Q Abort

Transonic Abort


Launch Pad

Committed to first flight test in late 2008
– Developing flight test articles with NASA and LM – Selected WSMR as launch site and flight range

Ascent Abort Flight Sequence of Events

Orion Project Schedule Overview *
FY06 FY07
SRR SDR

FY08

FY09

FY10

FY11

FY12

FY13

FY14

FY15

Project Requirements
Prime Award PDR CDR

Project Design

Development / Qual Testing

E D N U

Devt. LAS PA

E R R
Trans. Abort Proto LAS PA

Tumble Max q Abort High Alt. Abort Abort

W IE V
1’st Human Launch 9/2014
Orion Orbit FT1 Orion Orbit FT2 Ares FT

Flight Article Production

Integrated ARES-Orion Launches

* Current Estimate

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