Weather Postpones Orion’s Move by 24 Hours

Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance (ULA) have jointly decided to postpone by 24 hours the move of the Orion spacecraft from NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Abort System Facility to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 37. The forecast Monday evening calls for winds and lightning that violate the constraints established for safely moving Orion. The delay will not affect the planned Dec. 4 launch of Orion atop a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket.

5 thoughts on “Weather Postpones Orion’s Move by 24 Hours”

  1. Hello and good morning everyone at NASA and particularly the SLS team. I am Portuguese but I am always following what happens on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. The STS era was something beautiful to be part of and to live it. Now it’s time for the SLS and the wonderful Orion spacecraft. Lots of work done I believe. I would volunteer to be inside the Orion spacecraft on this first launch but you must have thousands of volunteers by now. I really hope that every piece of equipment will do its job right. Best wishes and let’s do it. Luis

  2. NASA is committed to human spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit and the continued development of its next generation spacecraft—Orion. The Orion spacecraft will take astronauts beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) to deep space. It will provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space. The spacecraft will launch on Exploration Flight Test-1, an uncrewed mission planned for 2014. This test will see Orion travel farther into space than any human spacecraft has gone in more than 40 years. EFT-1 data will influence design decisions, validate existing computer models and innovative new approaches to space systems development, as well as reduce overall mission risks and costs. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the EFT-1 flight.

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