NASA’s Orion crew capsule, originally conceived to ride atop an Ares I launch vehicle with a solid-fuel first stage to a docking at the International Space Station, will get a “delta” preliminary design review (PDR) this summer to evaluate changes in its design since then. Mike Hawes, the newly named Lockheed Martin Orion program manager, said June 25 that the review – and the experimental flight test (EFT-1) coming up in December – will clear the way for final ...

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