Photography of Roy Thoman

Orion Test Flight Take 2

After the launch scrubbed the previous day, the crowd gathers again for a second attempt for an Orion test flight. The weather is a bit iffy today, there are quite a few clouds. We have the same 7:05 – 9:44am launch window, so there is plenty of time for the weather to clear up. You know how Florida weather is, if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minuets and it will change! Just before sunrise the clouds did thin and we were treated to another great sunrise. The countdown is winding down and all systems are go! There are no boats, no high winds, and no frozen valves. Yeah! There is a glow on the horizon as the engines on the Delta IV Heavy ignite. The Delta carrying Orion slowly rises into the sky. We get a good look at Orion before it disappears into the clouds. Orion performed well on its 4 hour test flight. Orion orbited the earth twice before splashing down in the pacific ocean.

 

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3 responses

  1. Great! You must be happy to see this.
    Can you hear it?

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    December 9, 2014 at 12:41 am

    • Thank You! I try to watch as many launches as I can. Yes you can hear the rumble! It takes a few seconds to get there, but you can hear it.

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      December 9, 2014 at 10:09 am

      • I’m dreaming since many years to see a rocket launch. But I’m living in the wrong country 😉
        For this I was in cinema last week to see ‘Interstellar’ … 😉
        Perhaps one day!
        Thanks for sharing this event!

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        December 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm

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