The launch team is working through options for setting a new liftoff time following the violation of ground wind rules.
A ground wind violation is reported.
T- 4 minutes and counting . . .
The countdown resumed and we are heading for a 7:17 a.m. EST liftoff. The Delta IV Heavy’s safe-and-arm devices are armed. The core stage tanks will be sealed at flight pressures one minute from now as the activity picks up.
Orion/Delta IV Go for Launch!
Orion on Internal Battery Power
The Orion spacecraft’s systems are now operating on the ship’s batteries instead of from electrical sources from the launch pad. Unlike it operational versions, this Orion does not carry any solar arrays to provide electrical energy once in space. Since the flight test is 4.5 hours, the batteries will be enough.
10 Minutes to Launch
Working toward liftoff at 7:17 a.m.
New Launch Time: 7:17 AM EST
The new launch time is 7:17 a.m. EST now that the boat has left the prohibited area.
Launch Window Extends to 9:44 a.m. EST
Orion has 2 hours and 39 minutes to lift off today on its flight test.
Hold to be Extended
The launch conductor extended the countdown hold because of the range hazard and due to a second stage propellant conditioning issue.
Range Goes Red
The Eastern Range has just called a fouled range due to a boat that has strayed into the prohibited zone over the Atlantic. The rocket cannot lift off until the boat clears the area.