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Previous flights of the Delta 4-Heavy

November 26, 2014

As a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket prepares to carry NASA’s Orion spaceship on its first orbital flight test, we look back at the seven previous Heavy launches.

Videos: Delta 4-Heavy and Orion prepared for launch

November 14, 2014

Delta 4-Heavy processing — CBC mate Inside the Horizontal Integration Facility, the three Common Booster Cores for the Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch Orion on Exploration Flight Test No. 1 are mated together. Delta 4-Heavy processing — second stage mate Inside the Horizontal Integration Facility, the cryogenic upper stage is mated the center Common Booster Core for the Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch Orion on Exploration Flight Test No. 1. Delta 4-Heavy processing — rollout The United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket is rolled out of the Horizontal Integration Facility to launch pad 37B at Cape Canaveral for the Orion test flight. Delta 4-Heavy processing — vehicle vertical The United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket is raised vertically at launch pad 37B for the Orion test flight. Rollout of the Orion spacecraft The next-generation Orion spacecraft is transported to launch pad 37B for its liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket. Orion hoisted atop launch vehicle The Orion spacecraft is hoisted 200 feet into the launch pad gantry and mated to the Delta

Photos: Orion’s rollout to the pad

November 13, 2014

On Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, NASA’s next-generation Orion crew capsule made a six-hour trek from a processing building to launch pad 37B where the United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket awaits liftoff of the test flight Dec. 4 . Photo credit: Walter Scriptunas II

Orion is ready to roll

November 9, 2014

The Orion spacecraft sits inside the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida awaiting its rollout to the launch pad Monday night. The spacecraft will be moved to Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for its flight test, flying aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket.

Video: Orion EFT 1 animation

November 8, 2014

Mike Sarafin, NASA’s lead Orion flight director, narrates animation depicting the Exploration Flight Test 1 from liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

Orion orbital trace

November 7, 2014

NASA’s Orion spacecraft will fly a two-orbit, four-hour mission for Exploration Flight Test No. 1 in Earth orbit to test systems.

Video: Preview of Orion’s recovery

November 7, 2014

Jeremy Graeber, Orion recovery director, details how the NASA-Navy team will handle the Exploration Flight Test No. 1 after it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean.

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