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Orion CM

Orion Crew Module
Credit: NASA
American manned spacecraft module. Orion re-entry vehicle (crew module). A 25% scale-up of the Apollo capsule of the 1960's.

Crew Size: 6. Habitable Volume: 10.23 m3. Environmental Control System: 128 kg (282 lb). RCS Coarse No x Thrust: 24 x 445 N. RCS Propellants: 175 kg (385 lb). Spacecraft delta v: 50 m/s (164 ft/sec).

Gross mass: 9,742 kg (21,477 lb).
Payload: 100 kg (220 lb).
Height: 3.30 m (10.80 ft).
Diameter: 5.03 m (16.50 ft).

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Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • Orion American manned spacecraft. In development. NASA's Crew Excursion Vehicle for the 21st Century More...

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Associated Propellants
  • Gox/GCH4 Gaseous oxygen is used as an oxidiser in Russian thrusters for orbital maneuvering and orientation. It is a by-product of liquid oxygen, used in the main engine, and slowly boiling off over time. More...

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