NASA’s real-life interstellar Enterprise concept ship may look straight out of Star Trek, but its Orion crew module for Exploration Flight Test-1 looks chrometastically cool, like the alien spaceship in Flight of the Navigator.
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 3600 miles (5794km) into space in a four-hour flight to test the systems that will be critical for survival in future human missions to deep space.