Orion Moves To Launchpad Tonight

Image Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

November 11, 2014 – The Orion spacecraft is ready to begin the final leg of its prelaunch journey with an overnight rollout from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Abort System Facility to Space Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The six-hour journey to the launch pad is planned to begin at about 6:30 p.m MDT. The trip will begin at the Launch Abort Facility, where a 52-foot-tall protective fairing and the launch abort system were attached to the crew module.

About six hours later, Orion will arrive at Space Launch Complex 37B. It will then be lifted into place and attached atop the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket.

The move was postponed for 24 hours after high winds and the threat of lightning violated safety rules and kept the spacecraft indoors Monday night. The delay will not affect the planned December 4 launch.