Report: Orion check flight pushed again to 2014, manned flight delayed till 2021
Even one thing as exhaustively deliberate because the check-flight of the Orion spacecraft is not resistant to a slipping timeline. It is reportedly been pushed again from subsequent yr to 2014 — once we’re anticipating to see the capsule launch from Cape Canaveral, loop across the planet twice at three,seven hundred miles (the furthest any spacecraft has journeyed because the ’70s) earlier than splashing down within the Pacific. This unmanned check was designed to see if the car’s warmth-defend, flight-software program and parachutes all work earlier than lives are risked on board. It is also signified a pushing again of the primary launch from 2016 till 2021. This implies there’s 9 extra years earlier than somebody calls us up as a crew alternative — a minimum of that is how our dream goes.
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