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Robert Pearlman

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posted 06-05-2006 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
U.S. Space & Rocket Center release
Photos by David Hitt, Special to

Visitors to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center will now be able to see and even touch the future of space exploration, thanks to the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Lockheed Martin has donated to the USSRC the test capsule used in a series of water landing tests, or drop tests, as part of the design and development of the next generation of NASA space vehicles. The capsule, constructed primarily of hand laid-up fiberglass with a Nomex honeycomb core, is now on permanent display in the USSRC’s Rocket Park, adjacent to the majestic Saturn V rocket vehicle.

"Future generations will be able to see this vehicle and gain some understanding of the extreme testing performed on our spacecraft long before the first astronaut climbs inside," said Larry Capps, the USSRC's Chief Executive Officer. He added, "This is a wonderful addition to our Rocket Park, and we're extremely grateful to Lockheed Martin for making it available to us."

The ribbon cutting for the new exhibit was held at 10:00 a.m. today, Monday June 5, in Rocket Park at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.


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posted 06-06-2006 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since I notice links are popping up to this elsewhere -- to the readers from, MSNBC and Fark, welcome to cS! -- I would note that the design in the pictures is an outdated one from the Orbital Space Plane program, not the current design for the Crew Exploration Vehicle, which is more Apollo-esque in its outward appearance.

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