Video: Orion Flight Test Prelaunch Status and Overview Briefing

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Orion Flight Test Prelaunch Status and Overview Briefing

During this Dec. 2 prelaunch news briefing about the first flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft, officials from NASA, Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance discussed the status of prelaunch operations and the activities of the mission itself.

The launch of Orion , on Exploration Flight Test-1, is scheduled for December 4, atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The uninhabited spacecraft will travel 3,600 miles in altitude to test many of the systems most critical to safety, before returning to Earth for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

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