Orion Launch Scrubbed Following Problems With Winds, Rocket
Well, that was disappointing.
NASA scrubbed the launch of its new Orion space capsule this morning after a series of delays caused by high winds and problems with the rocket that was to have sent the craft into orbit.
As NASA said in a tweet, the next opportunity to launch Orion will come tomorrow morning:
Scrub. Today’s planned launch of #Orion is postponed due to valve issue. Our next possible launch window opens at 7:05am ET Friday
— NASA (@NASA) December 4, 2014
Plans had called for Orion to launch at 7:05 a.m. EST and to make two orbits around the Earth before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.
No crew was aboard for today’s planned test flight. But Orion is designed ultimately to carry a crew of four to an asteroid or to Mars.