The BOA team will be keenly following the test flight of NASAs new Orion spacecraft today. The company’s Flexial division, which specializes in aerospace and high technology applications, has provided 6 different components for the orbiter fulfilling vital functions for the spacecrafts’ systems.
Orion makes its’ debut on an unmanned test flight on Friday 5th December from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The programme marks the beginning of a new era of space exploration. The spacecraft is designed to go into deep space, far beyond the moon to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.
Once fully operational, Orion's crew module will be able to carry four people on a 21-day mission into deep space or six astronauts for shorter missions. By comparison, the Apollo crew modules held three astronauts and were in space for six to 12 days. Orion is expected to take up its first crew in 2021.
During the test flight, Orion will climb to an altitude of 3,600 miles (15 times higher than the International Space Station) and will orbit Earth twice before splash down in the Pacific Ocean about 600 miles off the coast of Baja California.
Commenting on the contract, Mark Harris, VP BOA Flexial said “We are absolutely delighted to be providing systems for Orion which marks an exciting new phase of space exploration. We have been associated with NASA space programmes for many years now and our experience and technical engineering capability have allowed us to bring some innovative solutions to the programme”.