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Delta IV Heavy to Launch Orion’s First Flight

Delta IV EFT-1 Mission ArtworkDelta IV Heavy Exploration Flight Test Mission Brochure

A Delta IV Heavy will launch the Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) mission for NASA, the first flight of the Orion spacecraft.

Date/Site/Launch Time: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Liftoff is targeted for 7:05 a.m. EST, at the beginning of a 2-hour, 39-minute launch window.

Viewing the Launch by Webcast: The live webcast will begin at 4:30 a.m. EST.

Mission Description: The flight will take Orion to an altitude of approximately 3,600 miles above the Earth’s surface, more than 15 times farther than the International Space Station’s orbital position. By flying Orion out to those distances, NASA will be able to see how Orion performs in and returns from deep space journeys.

Launch Notes: EFT-1 will mark the 28th Delta IV launch, and ULA’s 90th launch overall.

Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #Orion and #DeltaIV.

Go Delta! Go Orion!



Oct. 29, 2014: A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the GPS IIF-8 mission for the U.S. Air Force launched from Space Launch Complex-41. GPS IIF-8 marks the 50th launch of an Atlas V rocket.