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Next Launch ORB-3 on a Antares rocket from Wallops Island, VA
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21 Oct 14 2:29:00 GMT
20 Oct 14 22:29:00 EDT

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Drogue Chute Test Brings EFT-1 Launch One Step Closer

Artist’s illustration of the EFT-1 Orion in orbit. The mission is expected to take place atop a Delta-IV Heavy rocket in 2014. Image Credit: NASA

In less than two years’ time, NASA intends to loft its first unmanned Orion spacecraft on the long-awaited Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1 mission atop United Launch Alliance’s gigantic Delta IV [...]

Orion is Three Milestones Closer to Launch

This animation still shows Orion separating from its rocket during EFT-1, the unmanned mission designed to demonstrate the spacecraft’s re-entry systems. Image Credit: NASA

Things are looking good for NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The agency announced yesterday the program has passed a number of significant milestones recently. The tools that will mate the pieces of [...]