NASA's Orion Delta IV Heavy Rocket being set up on the launchpad.
The Orion Project is a huge success for small businesses as there are over 1,000 small business suppliers that are contributing to this effort in 45 of the 50 states across the United States. Many high-tech small businesses have participated by doing work involving engineering services, procurement services, software development, ground support equipment, thermal and pressure panes, building flight hardware and much more. Small businesses have received more than $643 million dollars since the start of the program and the Orion Project small business plan commits over $1 billion dollars to small businesses in total.
The road to Mars begins here.
Tune in to the launch tomorrow, Thursday December 4, 2014 at 7:00am EST - live coverage of the event will begin at 4:30am EST at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv. For more information about the Orion Project, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion/#.VH8dKY1dVW6.