The pressure vessel is the primary structure for Orion’s crew module, joined together using state-of-the-art welding by technicians from lead contractor Lockheed Martin.

Both the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket are making progress towards Artemis missions to the Moon. With the spacecraft for the Artemis I and II missions manufactured as part of the design and development phase, the Artemis III pressure vessel is the first crew module structure off the line in the long-term production phase. Next, it will ship to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center where teams will begin integration of Orion’s systems.

Orion, SLS, and the Exploration Ground Systems are foundational elements of NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach. Artemis I will be the first integrated flight test of Orion and SLS and is targeted to launch later this year. Artemis II will follow as the first crewed mission, taking humans around the Moon and back to Earth to pave the way for future missions to the Gateway and the lunar surface aboard a commercial human landing system. Through Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon, establish a long-term presence on the lunar surface, and prepare for human missions to Mars.

Image Credit: NASA/Eric Bordelon


压力容器是猎户座飞船载人舱的主要结构,由首席承包商洛克希德·马丁公司的技术人员使用最先进的焊接技术连接在一起。

猎户座飞船太空发射系统(SLS)火箭都在朝着阿尔忒弥斯登月任务取得进展。在设计和开发阶段制造了用于阿尔忒弥斯I号和II号任务的航天器,阿尔忒弥斯III号压力容器是第一个在长期生产阶段下线的载人舱结构。接下来,它将被运往NASA的肯尼迪航天中心,在那里团队将开始整合猎户座系统。

猎户座、SLS和探索地面系统是NASA从月球火星探索方法的基础要素。阿尔忒弥斯I任务将是猎户座和SLS的首次综合飞行测试,并计划在今年晚些时候发射。阿尔忒弥斯II号任务将作为第一个载人任务,带着人类绕月球并返回地球,为未来的门户和月球表面商业载人着陆系统的任务铺平道路。通过阿尔忒弥斯,NASA将第一位女性和第一位有色人种登陆月球,在月球表面建立长期存在,并为人类星任务做准备。

图片来源:NASA/Eric Bordelon

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