EFT-1 September, 2014 launch date “paced” by the Delta IV-H

November 7th, 2012 by Chris Bergin

The first test launch of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft is currently being paced by its “surrogate” launch vehicle, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV-Heavy. The EFT-1 carrier rocket is already in production and in the launch queue, according to ULA, while the EFT-1 Orion continues to undergo outfitting operations at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

EFT-1 Status:

Since arriving at KSC from the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF), Lockheed Martin have been busy outfitting the shell of the EFT-1 Orion ahead of its debut mission. This process is expected to take 17 months in total.

The mission will provide vital data for the Critical Design Review (CDR) in April, 2015 – itself a major milestone ahead of Orion’s debut with the Space Launch System (SLS) in 2017.

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