– Last updated November 5, 2014 @ 3:30 p.m. EDT
NEXT U.S. LAUNCH
– Mission: Orion EFT-1
- Launch Vehicle: ULA Delta-IV Heavy
- Launch Site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
NASA’s much anticipated Orion Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1, is scheduled to launch on America’s largest and most powerful rocket, the United Launch Alliance Delta-IV Heavy, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. no earlier than Dec. 4, 2014 at 7:05 a.m. EDT, with the launch window extending to 9:44 a.m. EDT.
Orion will fly to an altitude of 3,600 miles above the Earth’s surface, beyond low-Earth orbit and more than 15 times farther than the International Space Station. The two-orbit, four-hour uncrewed flight test will help engineers evaluate the systems critical to crew safety including the heat shield, parachute system and launch abort system as NASA prepares to launch Orion and its crews on deep space missions atop the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) Rocket starting early next decade.
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2014 U.S. SPACE LAUNCH MANIFEST ( company / rocket / payload / launch time )
- Dec. 4 – ULA / Delta-IV Heavy / NASA EFT-1 Mission / Launch Window 7:05 a.m. EDT – 9:44 a.m. EDT
- Dec. 16 – SpaceX / Falcon-9 v1.1 / NASA ISS CRS #5 / Launch Window 2:31 p.m. EDT
- Dec. 11 – ULA / Atlas-V / Classified NROL-35 / Launch Window TBD
- Jan. 29, 2015 – ULA / Delta-II / NASA SMAP Mission / Launch Window 6:16 a.m. PST – 6:25 a.m. PST (delayed from Nov. 5, 2014)
Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Russia
- Nov. 23 – Russia Soyuz ISS Crew 41S / Launch Window 3:59 p.m. EDT