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SLS and Orion

First Orion Flight in 2014?

By Keith Cowing
November 8, 2011
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NASA Proposes Orion Spacecraft Test Flight In 2014
“This Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1, will fly two orbits to a high-apogee, with a high-energy re-entry through Earth’s atmosphere. Orion will make a water landing and be recovered using operations planned for future human exploration missions.”
NASA JSC Solicitation: Exploration Flight Test 1
“EFT-1 flight test objectives are focused on demonstrating beyond low earth orbit (BEO) spacecraft capabilities. The flight conditions required for EFT-1 were selected to demonstrate integrated vehicle performance for ascent, on-orbit flight, and a high-energy re-entry profile of approximately 30,280 feet per second from BEO.”

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