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Bob Cabana: NASA Readies Delta 4 Rocket for Orion’s December Flight Test

Bob Cabana: NASA Readies Delta 4 Rocket for Orion's December Flight Test - top government contractors - best government contracting event

rocket launchA United Launch Alliance rocket has moved to a launch pad in Florida ahead of its December mission to carry the Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft for an initial test flight.

NASA secured the Delta IV heavy-lift rocket into a vertical launch position on Wednesday at the Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the agency said Wednesday.

Delta IV is scheduled to blast off from the site on Dec. 4 and will aim to lift the Orion capsule approximately 3,600 miles above Earth.

“We've been working toward this launch for months, and we're in the final stretch,“ said Bob Cabana, director at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

“We're 64 days away from taking the next step in deep space exploration,” Cabana added.

Lockheed and NASA engineers are ready to integrate the spacecraft’s launch abort system, which is built to safeguard astronauts in case of a launch vehicle failure.

The agency expects the final Orion-Delta IV integration to occur by mid-November.

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