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We are NASA engineers who designed and built NASA's newest spacecraft, Orion. Orion will be launching into space for the first time on Dec. 4, on a flight that will take it farther than any spacecraft built to carry humans has gone in more than 40 years and through temperatures twice as hot as molten lava to put its critical systems to the test.
For background, we suggest watching 'Trial by Fire' to learn more about Orion and its upcoming first flight test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyZqSWWKmHQ.
- Ed Stanton -- Production Operations Lead at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
- Kent Beringer -- Production Operations Lead at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
- Terri Ryan -- Production Lead Engineer at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
- Kelly Smith -- Entry guidance and navigation engineer and Trajectory Officer on Orion Flight Control Team for Orion's first flight
- Kristin Bledsoe -- Aerospace engineer working on designing and testing Orion’s parachute system
- Heather McKay -- Propulsion engineer working on Orion’s liquid hydrazine engines that control the crew module during re-entry and on the solid rockets of the launch abort system
- Casey O’Hayre -- Systems Engineer working on the configuration and integration of Orion's wiring and avionics components
- Kevin Rivers -- Managed the development of the Orion Launch Abort System
- Molly White -- Team member that designed the Orion heatshield