NASA and Lockheed Martin delivered a personal thank you to Honeywell Aerospace April 9, after visiting the space business in Glendale, Ariz., to recognize employees for contributing to the success of the first Orion mission, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) late last year.
Mark Geyer, NASA Orion Program Manager, and Larry Price, Lockheed Martin Orion Deputy Program Manager, presented Space Systems Vice President Kurt Meister with a plaque and special coin that flew on Orion’s first flight test Dec. 5.
Honeywell Aerospace designed and developed the command and data handling hardware, navigation systems and core operating software that work together for overall flight management of Orion’s multi-purpose crew vehicle. Design, development and production work has been completed by employees at several Aerospace sites beyond Glendale, including Clearwater, Fla.; Phoenix, Houston, Coon Rapids and Minneapolis, Minn., Olathe, Kan., and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Data from the first flight is helping improve Orion’s design and reduce risk for astronauts who will someday use it to travel to Mars and back to Earth.
“We flew, and we are right on the critical path to get the next flight off as quickly as we can so we can get American astronauts in space exploring the solar system,” Price said.