Orion EFT-1 to carry SGAC flags – the countdown begins with only 1 day to go!

 3 December, 2014

SGAC flags will soar into space aboard the first flight test of the Orion EFT-1, NASA's next generation spacecraft. 

 

Orion EFT-1 to carry SGAC flags – the countdown begins with only 1 day to go!

3 December, 2014

SGAC flags will soar into space aboard the first flight test of the Orion EFT-1, NASA's next generation spacecraft.

The announcement that 25 flags with the SGAC logo would travel aboard Orion was made during the Space Generation Congress (SGC) Closing Gala dinner, which concluded a successful Space Generation Congress in Toronto, Canada (see the announcement, here).

NASA's Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they've ever gone before. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.

On 4th December 2014 at 7.04am (EST), Orion will launch atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral. SGAC flags, together with the instruments onboard, and other mementos from other organisations from around the world, will do two-orbits around our planet during a four-hour flight. The Orion Flight Test will evaluate launch and high speed re-entry systems such as: avionics, attitude control, parachutes and the heat shield.

Orion is also bringing to space a microchip with more than a million names, including those of many SGAC members from around the world.

     
    

To commemorate SGAC's 15th anniversary, the SGAC flags on-board Orion EFT-1 are a symbol of international support for space exploration, and underlines the message that students and young professionals in the SGAC network from around the world are pursuing: to push boundaries and keep exploring. The SGAC flags serve as a reminder of the role of the next generation of space leaders in ushering in a new era of space exploration.

The 25 flags on board of Orion look like this:

Design of the SGAC flags that are on board of Orion

 

Now, fasten your seatbelts and get ready to enjoy the flight!

Join SGAC, NASA, and the rest of the world on this mission. Follow the livestream at NASA TV, here  or on Twitter using the hashtag #EFT-1 or @NASA_Orion.

Note: Read more about the other items being carried on board Orion, here.   


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