Gusty winds delay NASA’s Orion spaceship test flight

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 02, 2014 4:53 PM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The launch of NASA’s Orion deep-space capsule for a test flight around Earth was delayed on Thursday due to gusty winds at the launch site.

Liftoff of the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket and Orion capsule from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida had been targeted for 7:05 a.m. EST.

If the launch cannot take place by 9:44 a.m. EST, it could be rescheduled for Friday.

“There is high optimism that we’ll be able to launch today,” said NASA launch commentator Michael Curie.

Launch was delayed first by a boat that wandered in the restricted zone beneath the rocket’s intended flight path and then by gusty winds at the seaside spaceport.

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(Reporting by Irene Klotz, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)