Today’s launch attempt has been scrubbed. The launch team is resetting for a launch tomorrow morning.
The launch team has tentatively set a liftoff time of 7:05 a.m. EST, the opening of a 2-hour, 39 minute window just as today. We will begin our launch coverage at 6 a.m. tomorrow on NASA TV and on the Orion blog. Tune into the blog and NASA.gov for continuing updates throughout the day.
The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) is a spacecraft intended to carry a crew of up to 4astronauts to destinations beyond-low Earth orbit (LEO). Currently under development by NASA for launch on the Space Launch System, Orion will facilitate human exploration of the Moon, asteroids and Mars.
The MPCV was announced by NASA on May 24, 2011 Its design is based on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle from the cancelled Constellation program.The Orion command module is being built by Lockheed Martin. The Orion service module, provided by the European Space Agency, is being built by Airbus Defence and Space.
The MPCV’s debut uncrewed test flight, known as Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1), is scheduled to be launched aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket on December 5, 2014.The first crewed mission is expected to take place after 2020.