We’re part of the team that helps NASA’s Orion slow down and splashdown. Ask us anything.
We are the Lockheed Martin team responsible for helping Orion return safely to Earth. During its return, the Orion vehicle will reach speeds of 20,000 mph and temperatures of 4000 degrees. We are the lead engineers on several complex systems like parachutes, mortars and self-righting airbags that help it slow down and splashdown safely. We also have here a former Astronaut who’s part of the team and will talk about what atmospheric re-entry is like on the Space Shuttle and how it will be different for the Orion crew or anything else you might be curious about. One LM representative will be typing out all the responses so we don't fight over the keyboard!
Rick Hieb: Former astronaut and crewmember on three Space Shuttle missions. Chris “Slow Down” Prouty – Parachute Engineer Dan Hall – “Whoa, guys! The power's everything.” Dan—the battery man. (Official Title Orion Battery CPE (Certified Principal Engineer)) Dean Coleman -- LRS Parachute Deployment System CPE AKA Mortar Engineer Doug Harrison – He keeps the air inside! (test engineer responsible for Orion’s hatch pressure seals) Michael Heckler – Orion Crew Module Uprighting System Principal Engineer
EDIT: Thanks for joining us today. Sorry we're unable to answer all of the questions in the time allotted. For more information on Orion, please visit:
We had a great time - thanks for participation! We look forward to another IAmA in the near future.