Radio frequency testing has begun on the first Orion spacecraft that will fly around the Moon as part of the Artemis 1 mission.
The spacecraft will simulate a flight with most of its subsystems and equipment powered and in operational mode to test whether, once turned on, the electromagnetic waves of the electronic devices will disturb each other.
In the next phase of testing, electromagnetic fields will be applied to test the craft’s susceptibility to inference from external forces.
Orion has already passed three months of thermal and environmental testing at the Plum Brook Station in Ohio.
Originally published by Cosmos as Testing one, two, three
Curated content from the editorial staff at Cosmos Magazine.
Read science facts, not fiction...
There’s never been a more important time to explain the facts, cherish evidence-based knowledge and to showcase the latest scientific, technological and engineering breakthroughs. Cosmos is published by The Royal Institution of Australia, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. Financial contributions, however big or small, help us provide access to trusted science information at a time when the world needs it most. Please support us by making a donation or purchasing a subscription today.