Orion and Space Launch System
Flying Crew on EM-1: NASA’s study of adding crew to EM-1 is completed, awaiting response NASA’s assessment of whether it can add astronauts to EM-1, the first joint test flight of the Space Launch System and Orion crew exploration capsule, is complete and has been briefed to the White House as well as top agency leadership, though not yet been made public. The launch of EM-1 as an unmanned test flight of Orion around the moon and back had been planned for late 2018. In February, NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot requested that the agency study the feasibility of adding crew to EM-1, a step that had not been planned previously until EM-2, planned for 2021-23.
EFT-1 on Display: Orion EFT-1 flown spacecraft joins display in ‘NASA Now’ exhibit NASA’s Orion capsule launched its first uncrewed test flight in December 2014, Exploration Flight Test-1. The Lockheed Martin developed spacecraft circled the Earth twice and re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere for an ocean splashdown. The capsule is now on public display at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center on Florida’s space coast.
Orion Monthly Update (March): http://bit.ly/OrionMarchMonthly2017
“I Am Building SLS”: https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/faces-of-sls-Vander
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