The capsule will travel about 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) from Earth, then zoom back again at high speeds in order to test various systems, including its heat shielding and resistance to radiation.
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Orion Spacecraft Progress Continues With Installation of Module to Test Propulsion Systems February 24 2017
Service module insallation on Orion spacecraft
NASA is considering launching a living, human crew on the first integrated flight of the new Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft currently scheduled for late 2018. While most of NASA’s crewed spacecraft have had their initial launches unmanned or with (adorable) non-human animals, this is not unheard of, as the Space Shuttle Colombia launched with a crew of two for its maiden flight in 1981.
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