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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Photos of the Day: Assembling the Delta IV Heavy for EFT-1...

The Delta IV Heavy rocket awaits the arrival of the Orion spacecraft after the Delta Cryogenic Second Stage motor is attached to the launch vehicle...on September 12, 2014.
NASA / Daniel Casper

Earlier this month, all of the components that comprise the Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle that will send the Orion EFT-1 spacecraft to Earth orbit this December were assembled at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. The Delta Cryogenic Second Stage motor was the last piece to be attached to the mammoth rocket...this milestone having been completed on September 12. The Orion capsule itself is currently being loaded with fuel inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center a few miles away. In just a few days the capsule will be brought over to the Launch Abort System Facility, where the spacecraft will be united with its Launch Abort Motor. Once this is accomplished, the assembled Orion EFT-1 stack will be transported to CCAFS, where it will finally be attached to the Delta IV Heavy rocket and then wait silently as Orion's maiden flight nears on December 4 (with lift-off set for 7:05 AM, Eastern Standard Time, that Thursday). Exciting times lay ahead.

On September 12, 2014, the Delta Cryogenic Second Stage motor is about to be attached to the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will send the Orion EFT-1 capsule into space this December.
NASA / Daniel Casper

On September 12, 2014, the Delta Cryogenic Second Stage motor is about to be attached to the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will send the Orion EFT-1 capsule into space this December.
NASA / Daniel Casper

The Delta IV Heavy rocket awaits the arrival of the Orion spacecraft after the Delta Cryogenic Second Stage motor is attached to the launch vehicle...on September 12, 2014.
NASA / Daniel Casper

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