posted at 22:50
Author Name: Kerry Sheridan
NASAs deep space capsule poised for 2nd launch bid
The window for liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida opens at 7:05 am and lasts for two hours, 44 minutes. The launch is the first in more than 40 years of a US spacecraft intended to carry humans beyond the Moon. Friday's launch attempt will propel the Orion capsule into two loops around the Earth. NASA has already spent $9.1 billion on Orion and the powerful rocket meant to propel it with crew on board, the Space Launch System. The first Orion test flight with people on board is scheduled for 2021, when total costs are projected to reach $19-22 billion. United Launch Alliance chief operating officer Dan Collins said he was confident that the sluggish fuel valves that delayed Thursday's launch attempt could be resolved in time for Friday morning's bid. "We're going to make sure we have a happy rocket, and we're going to send Orion off on a successful mission," Collins told reporters. About $370 million dollars in equipment is at stake in Friday's launch.

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