Beyond Earth Orbit with the Orion Spacecraft

The Orion team invites museums, schools, and home school families to participate in an interactive webcast featuring Lockheed Martin engineer Joe LeBlanc.  You may view the webcast as an individual at your personal computer or set up audio visual equipment in your museum or school for a large group to participate.

DATE:  Thursday, November 20, 2014

TIME:  1:00 p.m. PST (4:00 p.m. EST)

AUDIENCE: Museums, Educators and Students


Audio only: 1-888-323-4924, passcode museum


In this interactive webcast, Joe will broadcast live from the Orion mock-up at the Johnson Space Center’s Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility.  He will share NASA’s efforts in Deep Space Exploration and the importance of Orion’s first flight.  Joe will take questions from a live audience at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as well as from webcast viewers from around the country.

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor building Orion, NASA’s first spacecraft designed for long-duration, human-rated deep space exploration.  Orion will enable new missions to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit, such as asteroids, the Moon and eventually Mars.  The Orion spacecraft is scheduled for its first test flight on December 4, 2014.

You may submit questions for Joe before and during the event at the following email address:

Speaker: Joe LeBlanc started on the Orion Project under the Constellation Program in March of 2006 as the Systems Integration Lead for Structures, Mechanisms, & Pyrotechnics (Ordnance). From August of 2008-2013, he transitioned into the Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) Lead.   Joe is currently the European Service Module Integration Project Lead for Exploration Mission One and Two (EM-1 & EM-2) and the Payload Manager for Exploration Flight Test One (EFT-1).