The Orion spacecraft is all set to fly to the Moon on NASA’s Artemis 1 mission. NASA informed that the spacecraft was lifted atop its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on October 20, after completion of major assembly of the full vehicle stack.

Integrated operations team members from the agency’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) program and prime launch processing contractor Jacobs received the spacecraft in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) early the day before on October 19, hooked up a heavy lift crane, and moved Orion up and over from High Bay 4 to High Bay 3, where the SLS stands on its Mobile Launcher.

Final assembly is the most visible of the preparations, but several weeks of testing and reviews are left to complete for the programs within Exploration Systems Development (ESD) and the division as a whole, said a NASA report.

According to the Space Agency, recent forecasts of launch readiness for this first flight across the division and programs are trending towards the end of January 2022, and tentative planning is looking at conducting final programmatic reviews ahead of the two-week-long lunar launch opportunity in February.

The Orion spacecraft is all set to fly to the Moon on NASA’s Artemis 1 mission. NASA informed that the spacecraft was lifted atop its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on October 20, after completion of major assembly of the full vehicle stack.

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