From Apollo to Orion and Back to the Moon
Lockheed will study the Apollo capsule to help design the Space Vehicle of the Future
December 23, 2008
Hutchinson - Engineers with Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, Colorado, will visit the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center on Saturday morning, December 27. Leading the effort is Travis DeSair, a native of Kansas, who is currently working on the crew station configuration for the Orion program, NASA's new vehicle for human space flight. Since the Orion command module closely resembles the 1960's and 1970's era Apollo command module in both form and mission, Lockheed Martin is interested in learning design lessons from the Apollo program. They have requested and been granted access to the Apollo 7 command module located in Texas and the Apollo 13 command module located at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. Approval to conduct the engineering surveys was given by the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum's Space History Division Curator, Allan Needell. Apollo 13 has been on exhibit at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson since 1997, following its multi-year restoration by Cosmosphere technicians.
Source: The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
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