The folks over at SpaceX might be going for a science fiction-styled look with its new Dragon V2 craft, but NASA is aiming for a legit UFO design with its new Orion craft.
The space agency’s Orion crew module for Exploration Flight Test-1 has a chrome-style bottom, and as Sploid notes, it bears quite a similarity to the alien spaceship in Flight of the Navigator. The future of spaceflight looks very, very cool.
Here’s an excerpt from NASA’s description of the above craft:
The Orion crew module for Exploration Flight Test-1 is shown in the Final Assembly and System Testing (FAST) Cell, positioned over the service module just prior to mating the two sections together. The FAST cell is where the integrated crew and service modules are put through their final system tests prior to rolling out of the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for integration with its rocket. Technicians are in position to assist with the final alignment steps once the crew module is nearly in contact with the service module. In December, Orion will launch 3,600 miles into space in a four-hour flight to test the systems that will be critical for survival in future human missions to deep space.
What do you think of the design? Pretty close to an alien craft?