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Thursday, May 8, 2014

EFT-1 Update...

The Delta IV's port-side booster and second stage motor that will be used on EFT-1 are about to be unloaded from a barge at Port Canaveral, Florida, on May 6, 2014.
NASA / Kim Shiflett

Two days ago, a barge carrying the last of three core boosters that will comprise the Delta IV Heavy rocket used on Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1 arrived at Port Canaveral in Florida. Also transported aboard the barge were the second stage motor that will help send the Orion spacecraft 3,600 miles above the Earth during its maiden voyage and the adapter that will connect Orion to the Delta IV for EFT-1. With all of the components for this flight now at Kennedy Space Center and the launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, EFT-1 is on-track for its December launch that will hopefully bring NASA's human spaceflight program back into gear (the various space station cargo missions flown by SpaceX and Orbital Sciences over the last two years notwithstanding).

The Delta IV's second stage motor that will be used on EFT-1 is unloaded from a barge at Port Canaveral, Florida, on May 6, 2014.
NASA / Kim Shiflett

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