As Debate Rages On, Constellation Makes Progress

Model of NASA's Orion spacecraft
Model of NASA's Orion spacecraft

A couple of brief items about progress that NASA is making on its Constellation program even as politicians debate whether it will continue:

Orion Progresses Toward Next Design Cycle
Aviation Week

NASA and Lockheed Martin are on track to close out all remaining open items from the Orion spacecraft preliminary design review by Oct. 1, program managers say.

NASA Identifies Fix for Ares 1 Vibration Issue
Space News

NASA’s managers have identified a fix they say will protect astronauts from potentially dangerous levels of vibrations that could reach the planned Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle during its climb to orbit atop the Ares 1 rocket.