Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Orion Roll

Click the arrow to watch the rollout. Video source: NASAKennedy YouTube channel.

NASA rolled over Orion last night from the Launch Abort System Facility to the Boeing Delta IV Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The winding road provided for photo opportunities outside the Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Complex 39B, where the next Orion is planned to launch atop the Space Launch System by the end of 2018.

During the days of Gemini and Apollo, capsules launching from the Cape left the Industrial Area headed eastbound across NASA Causeway to the Air Force Station's Industrial Area. I asked why Orion wasn't following the same route and got this answer.

Orion after arriving at Launch Complex 37. Image source: NASA.

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