Orion Flight Test on NASA TV

Orion Flight Test on NASA TV

Orion is scheduled to launch on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket Dec. 5 at 7:05 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. The window for launch is two hours 39 minutes.

NASA TV launch commentary of the flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1, begins at 6 a.m. and will continue through splashdown in the Pacific Ocean approximately 600 miles southwest of San Diego. NASA TV streams online at: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Brandi Dean of NASA's Johnson Space Center will host the broadcast from Hanger AE at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Mike Curie of NASA's Kennedy Space Center will provide launch countdown commentary from Hanger AE.

Rob Navias of NASA's Johnson Space Center will provide mission commentary from the Blue Flight Control Room at Mission Control Center in Houston.

Amber Philman of NASA's Kennedy Space Center will provide reports from the recovery team aboard the USS Anchorage in the Pacific Ocean, if possible.

The NASA TV coverage will air a number of short videos, all available to watch in the Orion flight test broadcast videos gallery

The team will interview several experts during the broadcast. While times and interviewees are subject to change, tune in to see the following guests at these approximate times (EST):

  • 6:13 a.m.: Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator Human Exploration and Operations
  • 7:24 a.m.: Mark Geyer, Orion Program manager
  • 8:09 a.m.: NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim
  • 8:17 a.m.: Michael Hawes, Lockheed Martin Orion Program manager
  • 9:08 a.m.: Expert to discuss the radiation Orion will experience
  • 9:17 a.m.: Student from Team ARES, winner of NASA's Exploration Design Challenge
  • 9:22 a.m.: NASA Astronaut Suni Williams, aboard the USS Anchorage

Key mission events are:

L-1 hour 55 minutes – Landing Weather Briefing
L-0 hours 30 minutes – Launch Weather Briefing
L-0 hours 19 minutes – Terminal Countdown Hold
L-0 hours 16 minutes – Orion Go or No-go Poll for Launch
L-0 hours 8 minutes – Orion on Internal Power
L-0 hours 8 minutes – Delta Go or No-go Poll for Launch
L-0 hours 4 minutes – Terminal Countdown Begins
L-0 hours 0 minutes – Liftoff! (7:05 a.m. EST for a nominal launch)
L+1 minute 23 seconds – Max Q
L+1 minute 25 seconds – Mach 1
L+3 minutes 56 seconds – Port and Starboard Common Booster Cores Jettisoned
L+5 minutes 30 seconds – Core Common Booster Core MECO
L+5 minutes 33 seconds – Stage 1 Separation
L+5 minutes 49 seconds – Second Stage Ignition #1
L+6 minutes 15 seconds – Service Module Fairing Separation
L+6 minutes 20 seconds – Launch Abort System Jettison
L+17 minutes 39 seconds – Secondary Engine Cutoff (SECO) #1
L+1 hour 55 minutes 26 seconds – Second Stage Ignition #2
L+2 hours 0 minutes 09 seconds – SECO #2
L+2 hours 05 minutes – Entering First High Radiation Period
L+2 hours 20 minutes – Leaving High Radiation Period
L+2 hours 40 minutes – Reaction Control System Activation
L+3 hours 05 minutes – Peak Altitude
L+3 hours 09 minutes – Maneuver to Crew Module/Service Module Separation Attitude
L+3 hours 23 minutes 41 seconds – Crew Module/Service Module Separation
L+3 hours 30 minutes – Entering Second High Radiation Period
L+3 hours 57 minutes 11 seconds – Crew Module Translation Burn
L+4 hours 05 minutes – Leaving High Radiation Period
L+4 hours 13 minutes 35 seconds – Entry Interface
L+4 hours 13 minutes 41 seconds – Blackout
L+4 hours 15 minutes 03 seconds – Peak Heating
L+4 hours 19 minutes 29 seconds – Forward Bay Cover Jettison
L+4 hours 19 minutes 31 seconds – Drogues Deployed
L+4 hours 20 minutes 40 seconds – Main Parachutes Deployed
L+4 hours 23 minutes 29 seconds – Splashdown (11:29 a.m. EST for an on-time launch)

You can find the full timeline overview in the Orion flight test press kit.

Page Last Updated: December 4th, 2014
Page Editor: Anna Heiney