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 Preparing for Exploration Flight Test-1
The spacecraft adapter is moved into position under the service module for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) for alignment prior to final assembly operations.


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NASA prepared this preliminary report regarding NASA's plans for developing a Space Launch System (SLS) and Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) in response to direction in Section 309 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010.

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About Orion

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.

Orion's first flight test, called Exploration Flight Test-1, will launch this year atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37. This test will evaluate launch and high speed re-entry systems such as avionics, attitude control, parachutes and the heat shield.

In the future, Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. More powerful than any rocket ever built, SLS will be capable of sending humans to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and eventually Mars. Exploration Mission-1, scheduled for 2017, will be the first mission to integrate Orion and the Space Launch System.

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Brandi Dean
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Phone: 281-483-5111
brandi.k.dean@nasa.gov

Page Last Updated: September 15th, 2014
Page Editor: Mark Garcia