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Space Image: Flown Orion Prepared for Move

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Posted August 20, 2015

Inside the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers are preparing the Orion spacecraft that flew on Exploration Flight Test-1 in 2014 for transport to Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin’s facility in Denver, where it will undergo direct field acoustic testing.

Photo credit: NASA/Kennedy

Photo credit: NASA/Kennedy

This is a technique used for acoustic testing of aerospace structures by subjecting them to sound waves created by an array of acoustic drivers. For the test, several electro-dynamic speakers will be arranged around Orion to provide a uniform, well-controlled, direct sound field test at the surface of the spacecraft. Orion will next launch atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket on Exploration Mission-1.

Source: NASA

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