December 8, 2014 – In a major advancement in deep space exploration, NASA’s Orion spacecraft recently completed its first unmanned test mission. VPT takes significant pride in being selected as a supplier of DC-DC converters and EMI filters for the spacecraft, which is intended to eventually send humans to deep space destinations such as Mars.
In this highly successful mission, Orion traveled farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in over 40 years. The spacecraft orbited the Earth twice and reached an altitude of 3,600 miles above Earth. At speeds of 20,000 miles per hour and temperatures of near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the flight tested systems most critical to safety for future crewed missions.
More information on the Orion program can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/orion/