Orion in anticipation of a test flight

On December 4, the 13th launch of Orion’s first space mission was launched. Test flight is to test in practice how the construction of the first vehicle designed for the manned flight to Mars.

Orion is a spaceship built to take people further than ever before. Its mission is to bring crew members into space on board, to provide an emergency return, to uphold the vital functions of passengers while traveling, and to safely land on the surface of the planet.

During the test flight, Orion (with no crew on board) circulates the Earth twice, about 5800 km (15 times higher than the ISS), and then enters the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of about 32,000. Km / h, which will warm up the protective shield of the ship up to 2200 degrees Celsius.

At the end Orion will land in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, where the US Navy teams will be waiting for the capsule.

During the Orion EFT-1 mission, the capsule will be launched into orbit at the top of Delta IV Heavy, the heaviest variant of 70 meters and a total weight of 733000 kg.