Currently, some experts anticipate for the dwindling of ground-breaking investigation on space, because of the deficiency of funds and the apathy of the public. The Orion Space Capsule is set to launch in the space, and this event can revivify the hopes, or it may completely dart them.
The recent launch is connected with the plans of NASA to develop the capabilities of humans to land on the asteroid in 2025, and Mars in 2030. The success and execution of these plans are largely based on the input of private companies. If everything goes very smooth, then within 20 years astronauts will leave earth aboard an Orion spacecraft and get out on Mars. Orion is built by Lockheed Martin by NASA, and it is a great example of space exploration by commercial companies.
The Exploration Flight Test-1 is not only a test of the recent mission to check the performance of the capsule to fix the errors afterwards, but it could also evaluate the future of private firms for their involvement in the space projects. Antares is a supply rocket designed by the Orbital Sciences Corp; it was exploded after taking off from Virginia in October. It was stunning and terrifying reminder of the dangers involved in the space exploration. The awful crash of a Virgin Galctic space vehicle had raised the fear and concerns about the profit in the space project. The current mission Rosetta is escorted by the European Space Agency and this can revive the interest of the public in various space exploration projects, but it is not easy to forget the Antares explosion.
On the Thursday morning, the NASA has started a new countdown clock with a large digital display to get the videos just like stadium monitor. The NASA hopes that the new clock can do a better job, and earn the same success as the old one. The new display will increase the awareness of the public about the progress of Orion from flight tests to the deep space mission. The display will record the launch days of the private companies working with NASA on the same project, and they have planned to launch astronauts from the American soil to the International Space Station till 2017.
Heading Back to Earth
The space vehicle will head back to the earth after flying at 20,000 mph, and the Orion has the ability to do this with its big heat shield to easily withstand the temperatures, that can be almost 4,000 Fahrenheit. The capsule is designed to easily fit with more than 1,000 different sensors to measure the pressure, within the cabin, temperatures and acceleration. It will help the engineers to explain the conditions under which the human can withstand in the capsule.
It will help them to test the abort system to make it possible for the humans to escape the launch in case of any problem. The Orion is on its launch pad since November, and the tower will be rolled away from the rocket and spacecraft almost before 8 hours and 15 minutes before its launch to let the rocket to be fueled properly for the successful launch operations. In short, the experts have lots of hopes with the new space operation for the best future of space explorations.