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Lockheed Martin Ships Out First Orion Spacecraft

NEW ORLEANS Feb. 10, 2011 New Orleans, La. Denver, Colo.

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Built to spaceflight specifications, this Orion ground test vehicle has already validated advanced production processes, equipment and tools required to manufacture the Orion crew module space flight hardware. Data collected from the testing and pathfinding operations will be incorporated to enhance design, requirements, tooling, processes, inspection and test that will ultimately result in a safe, reliable and affordable human-rated space exploration vehicle.

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Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor to NASA for the Orion crew exploration vehicle – the nation’s next generation spacecraft that features advanced technologies for more complex and challenging human space exploration missions throughout our solar system. The Orion spacecraft will be comprised of a crew module for crew and cargo transport; a service module for propulsion, electrical power and fluids storage; a spacecraft adapter for securing it to a launch vehicle, and a launch abort system that will significantly improve crew safety.

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Bethesda, Md. $45.8 billion

Media Contacts:

Linda Singleton 832-526-8089 or 281-283-4219 or [email protected]

Marion LaNasa 303-971-8910 or 303 931-9003 or [email protected]

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