NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther into space than they’ve ever gone before. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry astronauts to deep space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain and protect the crew, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.
Lockheed Martin’s actual Orion exterior crew module has been 3D scanned and now printed on a CI BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) Technology. The Orion Capsule is a 1/3 Scale of the Capsule being built by Lockheed Martin. It was printed on a CI BAAM 3D printer in 41 hours. The Orion weighs 500 pounds and is 5’ in diameter. It is made from ABS plastic reinforced with fiberglass and carbon fiber.