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NASA will test the Orion capsule December 4


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NASA is finally rolling out the Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle on top of a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket. It will be arriving the night of November 11th to prepare for a test launch from Space Launch Complex 37B on December 4th at Cape Canaveral.

The rockets trajectory will carry it 3,600 miles from the Earth and is designed to make numerous tests for the effects of radiation on its avionics, heat shields, navigation, and stuff like that. The mission is called Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) and its the first part of a series of tests.
When its used for manned missions it wont be on top of a Delta 4 - It will be on the new Space Launch System (SLS) thats still in development. A unmanned test with both the SLS and the Orion will be made in 2017 or 2018 and a final manned mission test is scheduled for sometime in 2021.

Decembers just gotta be deep space month since Russia will also be testing the new Heavy-Lift Angara-5 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk Russia December 25th.
Orion to launch December 4th

More information about the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.
Orion Explained: NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Infographic)

Btw the rocket engines used on the SLS rocket will be the ones used as main engines in the Space Shuttle - American made.