Orion EFT-1: It's Out of This World


NASA's Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) is slated to launch in 2014. An unmanned Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) will take flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, propelled by a Delta IV Heavy Rocket. It will orbit the earth twice before returning to Earth at high velocity.

The EFT-1 Orion MPCV was initially built at Lockheed Martin's New Orleans-based Michod Assembly Facility. Construction will wrap up at the Kennedy Space Center.