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Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) is the first planned uncrewed test flight of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.  Lockheed Martin Space Systems will conduct the spaceflight in September 2014 under contract to NASA.

Orion EFT-1

NASA's Orion during Exploration Flight Test-1....an Artist’s Impression.


NASA's Orion Spacecraft will be launched by Delta IV Heavy from Cape Canaveral SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA in September 2014. It will be Orion's first actual flight to orbit. The mission will consist of 2 orbits.

Lockheed Martin is responsible for performing the flight test and supplying the test data to NASA. The test will launch NASA's Orion spacecraft farther into space than any human spaceflight vehicle since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 Insignia (NASA)

NASA - Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 insignia.

Mission

Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) will take Orion to an altitude of more than 3,600 miles, more than 15 times farther away from Earth than the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA Exploration Flight Test One

Orion will return home at a speed almost 5,000 miles per hour faster than any current human spacecraft. It will test the kind of return that will be required when astronauts come home from voyages beyond low Earth orbit. As Orion re-enters the atmosphere, it will endure temperatures almost 2,000 degrees F, higher than any human spacecraft since astronauts returned from the Moon.

On it return to Earth, the Orion Spacecraft will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean and be recovered.

Facts:

Launch: September 2014
Launch Vehicle: Delta IV Heavy
Crew: 0

This is 15 times farther than the International Space Station's orbit and farther than any spacecraft designed to carry humans has gone in more than 40 years. The main flight objective is to test Orion's heat shield performance at speeds generated during a return from deep space.


Did you know?

* It was previously known as Orion Flight Test 1 or OFT-1.

* NASA is acquiring the EFT-1 test data for Orion design and development.

* Delta IV Heavy is operated by United Launch Alliance.

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