Here she is - Orion, the next manned spacecraft for the U.S. Known also as the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Orion is to replace the Space Shuttle as America's manned access to Low Earth Orbit, the International Space Station , and beyond. Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for Orion, is conducting rigorous ground testing for the first Orion capsule built to spaceflight specifications. Read More About It:
How Orion is to gain access to space and when remains unclear. First flight is scheduled for 2016 - a long gap for U.S. manned access to space. Private companies are working as well to develop manned access to space.
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