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Orion prepares for December Launch

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Orion flight plan

Nasa has chosen December 4th as the launch date of the first Orion spacecraft’s test flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Orion’s rocket is now in position and is undergoing final checks ahead of its upcoming launch

In anticipation, Nasa released a video called ‘Trial by Fire’, which explains Orion’s 3,600 mile (5,793km) mission into space.

The flight is expected to last 4.5-hours and Nasa will use a Delta IV heavy rocket to lift Orion 100 miles (160km) above the Earth’s surface to the Van Allen radiation belts.

Once in the Van Allen belt it will begin to take readings on the belt to check that the radiation doesn’t interfere with any of the capsule’s onboard electronics.

After completing the test Orion will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere at about 20,000mph (32,180 km/h), and reach temperatures near 2,200°C (4,000°F).

The Delta rocket is currently on the launch pad awaiting the Orion capsule which should be placed in position around November 10th.

 

 

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