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
A veteran cosmonaut, a German volcanologist and a Navy test pilot-turned-astronaut whose mastery of social media earned him — and NASA — a global following, bid their space station crewmates farewell and sealed the hatch of their Soyuz ferry craft, setting the stage for undocking and a fiery trip back to Earth to close out a 165-day stay aboard the International Space Station.
Facing pressure to find a ride into space for its commercial Cygnus cargo craft in the wake of a catastrophic rocket failure, Orbital Sciences Corp. says it has found openings in the mission manifests of the world’s busiest launch operators to accommodate resupply flights to the International Space Station next year.