NASA PAO Rob Navias commenting on ground tracking stations which will support the mission in addition to the TDRS satellites.
next major event will be the reignition of the 2nd stage rocket in a little over 90 minutes from now to send Orion into that long high elliptical orbit, taking it some 6,000 km above the Earth.
Nicole here. It was a fantastic launch.
This was my first launch and let me tell you, it was very emotional.
Orion is now in its first orbit. Here are the stages.
We had a successful launch.
Next stage comes at one 1 hour and 57 minutes into the test.
A big thanks to Randy Attwood for his expertise and commentary.
We may get images of Earth from a distance last seen in the Apollo days.
That is the actual image out of Orion's window as it flies over the Caribbean. Wow.
5 minutes away from re-ignition of rocket to do a "barbecue roll" to reduce thermal heating as it goes through the Van Allen radiation belt.
This burn will put Orion in its second orbit.
Successful ignition. Good chamber pressure in 2nd stage
Lasts 4 minutes 42 seconds
"Engine control is good."
27950 feet per second is its velocity. Wow.
SECO is second-engine cutoff.
Burn is complete. Success. Perfect burn.
Orion will be 3630 miles (5840 km) from Earth at its farthest.
The Van Allen Belt is an ares of high radiation. Orion going through that region is a very important part of the test flight. Not only are humans vulnerable to radiation, but so are computers.
By the way, we will be here live until splashdown at 11:28 a.m.
Orion reached its peak altitude at 9:11 a.m. CST.
Scroll down and you'll see a video of Orion's launch. The sound was amazing! Both from the rocket AND the crowd.