Orion moves to PHSF in preparation for first flight

September 12, 2014 12:34 AM

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Orion moves to PHSF in preparation for first flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Orion spacecraft took its next giant leap towards space today, Thursday, Sept. 11. After departing from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building, Orion preceded to make the mile-long journey to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF) where it will be fueled for flight. Liftoff of Orion’s maiden voyage, Exploration Flight test-1 (EFT-1), is expected to take place at sunrise on December 4. During the initial test flight, the Orion spacecraft will orbit the Earth twice before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

At approximately 8:15 a.m. EDT (12:15 GMT), the Orion capsule inched its way out of the O & C building and began the short journey to the PHSF building. At the PHSF, Orion’s 12 thrusters will be supplied with hydrazine propellant, ammonia coolant, and helium pressurization systems. After the fueling...

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