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    ACB 1 helps NASA lift off

    ACB 1 helps NASA lift off

    Photo By Chief Petty Officer Eric Chan | 150414-N-KK081-403 SAN DIEGO (April 14, 2015) – Seabees, attached to Amphibious...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Chan 

    Amphibious Construction Battalion 1

    SAN DIEGO – Seabees, attached to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1, finished helping NASA with moving and dissembling the Orion Boilerplate Test Article (BTA) for scheduled maintenance on Naval Base San Diego, April 16.

    NASA is currently preparing for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) the first manned space flight to Mars slated for 2018.

    The BTA is a life-size test version of the Orion space capsule designed for testing watertight integrity and recovery operations.

    “ACB 1 is supporting NASA, as well as other NASA contractors, by helping with the preventative maintenance on the training gear that they use,” said Chief Equipment Operator Jered Robbins, assistant ACB 1 operations chief.

    ACB 1 sent their crane crew to help move and disassemble the Orion BTA for maintenance, testing and evaluation of future modifications.

    The BTA is shaped exactly like the capsule that was sent into space in December 2014, which ACB 1 helped lift and move from the USS Anchorage (LPD 23), which has a similar weight and balance.

    “ACB 1 is vital to the mission,” said Air Force Master Sergeant Jon’ta Paten, liaison between DOD and NASA attached to Human Space Flight Support, Detachment 3. “Without ACB 1 we wouldn’t be able to move the test article, as well as the Orion Capsule, from the LPD ships over to our staging areas.”

    “These are the most professional guys I’ve seen and they are experts at what they do,” said Paten. “This mission would not happen without the support of ACB 1.”



    Date Taken: 04.16.2015
    Date Posted: 04.27.2015 19:35
    Story ID: 161442
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US

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