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Orion controllers conduct dress rehearsal

Controllers performed a dress rehearsal Tuesday. (Source: NASA) Controllers performed a dress rehearsal Tuesday. (Source: NASA)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The flight controllers who will operate Orion during its flight test in early December conducted a dress rehearsal Tuesday, according to a NASA blog post.

The momentous Dec. 4 launch of the craft is expected to take 4.5 hours, and NASA officials said the dress rehearsal is to help perfect the timing of the mission and refine any areas of improvement.

Team members across the country used the "dry run" to practice contingency scenarios in case of unexpected problems or obstacles during the flight test.

NASA will work with Orion builder Lockheed-Martin and the United Launch Alliance, operators of the Delta IV, throughout the flight.

Orion is scheduled to launch at 6:05 a.m. CT on Dec. 4 at Cape Canaveral. NASA TV coverage of the event will begin at 3:30 a.m. CT.

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