Orion is destined to be NASA’s own next generation spacecraft, replacing the Space Shuttle. It is currently on track for an manned flight to the moon in 2024.
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Orion Will Go the Distance in Retrograde Orbit During Artemis I
After the SLS rocket upper stage engine fires to put Orion on course for the Moon, Orion will use a combination of propulsion from the service module and a flyby of the Moon for a gravity assist to push toward distant retrograde orbit (DRO). To exit DRO, Orion will again rely on a combination of propulsive burns and a return flyby to bring Orion back to Earth.
Paving the way for missions with astronauts, NASA’s Orion spacecraft will journey thousands of miles beyond the Moon during Artemis I to evaluate the spacecraft’s capabilities in what is called a Distant Retrograde Orbit (DRO). DRO provides a highly stable orbit where little fuel is required to stay for an extended trip in deep space to put Orion’s systems to the test in an environment far from Earth.
This is an impressive 1:48 scale model is built from official NASA information.
Capsule length: 6 3/8"
Capsule diameter: 4 3/8"
Diameter with solar panel: 14 5/8"
made of resin
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