Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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The Orion EFT-1 capsule and abort tower atop a Boeing Delta IV Heavy at the Cape's Launch Complex 37. Image source: United Launch Alliance.

United Launch Alliance today released a photo of the Orion capsule atop its Delta IV Heavy at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It's scheduled to launch December 4 on an uncrewed test flight.

NASA today issued a press release on the Orion launch and mission operations teams conducting a dress rehearsal.

The flight controllers who will launch and operate Orion during its Dec. 4 flight test are conducting a mission dress rehearsal today to make sure they have the plans for the 4 ½-hour flight down solid and to refine any areas. The teams, which communicate across several NASA centers and facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and around the country, will be able to practice contingency scenarios as well in case they are needed for Orion’s flight test. NASA will work closely with Orion builder Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance — which operates the Delta IV Heavy rocket — throughout the flight.

An artist's concept of the Orion separating from the Boeing Common Booster Core. Image source: NASA.

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