Ares 1 ground tests; Testing Orion systems on ISS

October 16, 2006
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October 16, 2006

Rob Coppinger says NASA has hired Aerospace Corp to examine what ground tests are needed before they start flight tests of Ares 1 systems: Ground test study stalls Ares plan – Flight International – Oct.17.06.

Interestingly, he also says “NASA is seeking to use the ISS to test Orion systems in the space environment to prove their reliability.” Proving out deep space systems first on the ISS has been held by NASA as one of its primary capabilities but Griffin has often sounded like he didn’t see much use for the station at all.

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