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NASA's Orion capsule, testing center unveiled

The first version of NASA's new manned Orion space capsule is ready to begin a series of rigorous trials, in preparation for the vehicle's first test flight in 2013.Full story

Lockheed Martin shows test spaceship, trial site

Lockheed Martin Corp. on Monday showed off a test version of the Orion spacecraft, which was initially meant to return humans to the moon but may wind up being an escape vehicle for the International Space Station or taking astronauts beyond Earth orbit. Full story

First Orion space capsule could go in 2013

Lockheed Martin Space Systems is negotiating with United Launch Alliance to buy a Delta 4 Heavy launch for an unmanned test flight of the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle in 2013 even though NASA has not committed to funding the demonstration. Full story

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