Go Inside NASA's Orion Capsule and See the Tech That Could Get Us to Mars

Trajectory officer Kelly Smith describes the upcoming mission live from the Johnson Space Center.
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Transcript for Go Inside NASA's Orion Capsule and See the Tech That Could Get Us to Mars
This is gene is concerned with ABC news live from building nine at Johnson Space Center we'll keep your mind capsule that NASA. Lockheed Martin will launch. And just based on Thursday this the building with the astronauts and engineers trained for upcoming missions with me today is Kelly Smith. Kelly is the trajectory officer warned this mission. And also star of the trial by fire YouTube video. Kelly wanted to show me this capsule which she got here. Here there is this is the Rhine capsule that quite a bit larger than the original Apollo capsules from the seven. Up Ryan is about five meters in diameter where Apollo about. Four meters in diameter that's about three foot. Increase in diameter. But of course area because we're into the square the greatest but much much larger when I'm trying to get so comments Apollo and scare people. You say yeah. Ryan has been called Apollo on steroids on the backs of the constellation days it's designed to be. Bigger war carry larger crews the NC State Street longer as well lands. Come back from deep space. Mariah and her Apollo sized bird lunar returns but Ryan is the insides aboard the space returns from asteroids Mars the Mars from its. But this is not going to be an easy fight is that what's let's look at this capsule sir. Are you got to dot don't shoot a movie talk so I'd be pretty cramped for me. But Ryan is designed to carry more than. That's an early missions I'm playing. Go around. I'm hearing and that's. Very. Let's call it just rent rate. Revenue Romney. There by a robotics. But still that's going to be cramped for a long term mission is and will there be any kind of you know capsule like on the Soyuz where they go hang out couldn't sleep as well. So there's going to be happened ability. But for the the agency amassed record going. Just like all of this is. I'll call a luxury. Her mom was. What are the challenges for this EST one if you call this flight test coming up on Thursday. In the van Allen bell I mean you've got lots going on don't use it probably would have been about that. Ryan. Well that's true. Big things haven't change. The half hour. Our Ryan is. I like to think. Warm and want from our. This is more like hang me. Some of the challenges on. Client Paul. All new. And I were taking. Life that's the only think back when. Years it's safe we're going to be flying with a GPS receiver that. Now we all that trouble was designed. The apps. And so it was duel with seventies hardware and technology in mind we have G we have no healthy team yes. Yeah brand new guidance that our room. Steering this. It's going to be a very exciting. Here's sheets and everything all together. Oliver who parachutes are pretty big too aren't they yeah absolutely so Ryan has actually left here she says going to be deploying. Or. The first here's you. Carry on for me this protective covering on top of the capsule to protect your experience. That it gets pulled off like three's home here tonight six small there's there's a pretty good. But they're small relatively speak next. Brokered its U2 which is. I am her bills slow the vehicle and stabilize the vehicle. They didn't leave me here she's. Together they comprise the area. Father's eyes and American home. Pretty. And this could be time when you won't know you won't be able to hear anything from Ryan on dissent to me why. Yes so Ryan coming back into the atmosphere remembers going 20000 miles per hour when it hits the top yes. So back from science class member that. Nitrogen atoms for instance are things you if you Mexican hats may. Something hits those sufficiently far enough energy like what are right to be doing that plows into the gas. What actually happens is that molecules for the her the volatile splits dry creek mine. That I am nice flow through the hi nice Adams flow around the outside. I know I am I'm still allow drilling corrupt and NASA radio signals that we use. You will recall that plasma trail and it's going in the vehicle and that's gonna hamper communications vehicle cardinals. Dangerous most exciting part. So we're not get all the feedback for experts that the expected not to get. Busy plates go out that might come back. So those who've done before I mean. The navy and NASA got lots of practice from the Apollo days of capturing. Capsule splashing down but the technology is an improved any since the Apollo days yet so we. You know that was forty years ago and so it's a long time so I don't think really anyone in that meets today was a partner. Follow him there maybe some old great years at. You know a lot of other corporal knowledge. Almost like he's kind loss. And so we've been working with in the eighties you. Recovery procedures to prevent vehicle and what's full well that. Basically edition we'll kind of partly submerged in the back and open up and Andy. And then they'll just. Your right capsule in. Small. I am you don't put people on this for a person your first point for very good reason right what's that reason. It dangerous trees play is inherently dangerous as evidenced by. Big fight as hard. And there's a lot of very Smart people working very hard and this latest hard you know we're excited to be one team now Ryan take gathered here. Smarter. What's exciting to about potential little Ryan had and where can you do this caps. Psoriasis. Port to be able to support. That's going. Going to use more and asked witness or reading the news morning asteroid or other points baseball LeBron. Your market this capsule the heat shield this is the thing strains because of what we've survived returning. Further I'll be going he's. Mastery. How fast and how hot will be when when this capsule hits. Interface is it intriguing entry inner thanks right okay basically how fast and how hot. The atmosphere 1000 miles per hours. Mobile six miles site. That's the. How act and it went heating up this hot what should be heated up. Over 4000 new. Wow. But you've got data from the Apollo missions that must have helped you when you came to designing this correct. Absolutely it was very valuable however the size of the cheaper for. Here you'll that would. And so we get it wrong from that information phobia new capsule and either. Thank you very much Kelly I'm not closing the wide shot this capsule. This is a high fidelity mockup that we'll be going to space. On Thursday. Live at Johnson space synergies and ferry ABC news.

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