NASA clears Orion spacecraft for first test flight next week

November 26, 2014 3:51 PM

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NASA clears Orion spacecraft for first test flight next week

NASA's newest deep space capsule Orion, is getting ready for its first uncrewed test flight, launching next week.

The space agency and Lockheed Martin - the company that manufactured Orion for NASA - have given the "go" to proceed with the capsule's robotic test on Dec. 4. The company and agency finished their "Flight Readiness Review" on Nov. 20, clearing the way for Orion's first test flight.

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