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Lockheed Martin Powers Up Orion Crew Module

                 Lockheed Martin Powers Up Orion Crew Module

Orion Team Progressing Toward Exploration Flight Test-1

PR Newswire

DENVER, Oct. 28, 2013

DENVER, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, Lockheed Martin
[NYSE: LMT] and NASA engineers powered on the Orion crew module at Kennedy
Space Center last week. The test successfully demonstrated the crew module
avionics were integrated properly and are in good health.


During the test, operators in the Test Launch and Control Center (TLCC)
introduced software scripts to the crew module's main control computers via
thousands of wires and electrical ground support equipment. During this
process, the foundational elements, or the "heart and brains" of the entire
system were evaluated. The main computers received commands from the ground,
knew where to send them, read the data from different channels, and
successfully relayed electrical responses back to the TLCC.

The crew module power systems will continue to undergo testing for six months
as additional electronics are added to the spacecraft.

This critical milestone brings together hundreds of separate electronic
elements that have been designed, built, and tested by dozens of companies
across the country involved in the Orion program.

"This spacecraft is capable of taking humans farther into space than they've
ever gone before," said Cleon Lacefield, Lockheed Martin program manager for
Orion. "For over a year, the team has been developing, testing, and installing
critical equipment to the crew module, which has now been shown to integrate
flawlessly—it's an incredible engineering achievement."

The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is NASA's first spacecraft designed for
long-duration, human-rated, deep space exploration. Orion will transport
humans to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit, such as
asteroids, the moon and eventually Mars, and return them safely back to Earth.
Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor to NASA for Orion, and is responsible
for the design, build, testing, launch processing and mission operations of
the spacecraft.

About one year from now, Orion will complete its first mission. Exploration
Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) will launch an uncrewed spacecraft from NASA's Kennedy
Space Center 3,600 miles beyond low Earth orbit. That same day, Orion will
return to Earth at a speed of approximately 20,000 mph for a splashdown in the
Pacific Ocean. EFT-1 will provide engineers with critical data about Orion's
heat shield, flight systems and capabilities to validate designs of the
spacecraft before it begins carrying humans to new destinations in the solar

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and
services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

More information about Orion can be found at:


Allison Rakes, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
(303) 977-7135;

SOURCE Lockheed Martin

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