SoylentNews
SoylentNews is people
https://soylentnews.org/

Title    First SLS Mission Will be Unmanned
Date    Sunday May 14 2017, @04:44AM
Author    mrpg
Topic   
from the fly-me-to-the-moon dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/05/13/2318235

takyon writes:

The first SLS flight, around the moon, will not include a crew.

The first flight of NASA's next-generation heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), is now scheduled for 2019 and will not include a human crew, agency officials said today (May 12).

As of 2016, NASA had planned for the SLS' first flight to take place in 2018, without a crew on board. But the transition team that the Trump administration sent to the agency earlier this year asked for an internal evaluation of the possibility of launching a crew atop the SLS inside the agency's Orion space capsule.

Robert Lightfoot, NASA's acting administrator, said during a news conference today that, based on the results of this internal evaluation, a crewed flight would be "technically feasible," but the agency will proceed with its initial plan to make the rocket's first flight uncrewed.

[...] SLS' first flight will be called Exploration Mission 1, or EM-1, and will send an uncrewed Orion capsule (which has already made one uncrewed test flight, aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket) on a roughly three-week trip around the moon. The first crewed flight, EM-2, was originally scheduled to follow in 2021.

Source:NASA Won't Fly Astronauts On 1st Orion-SLS Test Flight Around the Moon
Also at:
NASA Study Warns Against Putting Crew On Huge Rocket's First Flight
NASA Denies Trump's Request to Send Astronauts Past the Moon on New Rocket

Previously: SpaceX to Fly Two Tourists Around the Moon in 2018
Maiden Flight of the Space Launch System Delayed to 2019

SpaceX might beat SLS to the moon with humans.


Original Submission

Links

  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "NASA Won't Fly Astronauts On 1st Orion-SLS Test Flight Around the Moon" - http://www.space.com/36823-nasa-astronauts-wont-fly-first-sls-megarocket.html
  3. "NASA Study Warns Against Putting Crew On Huge Rocket's First Flight" - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-12/nasa-study-warns-against-putting-crew-on-huge-rocket-s-first-flight
  4. "NASA Denies Trump's Request to Send Astronauts Past the Moon on New Rocket" - https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/science/nasa-trump-request-moon-new-rocket.html?referer=https://news.google.com
  5. "SpaceX to Fly Two Tourists Around the Moon in 2018" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/02/28/0252250
  6. "Maiden Flight of the Space Launch System Delayed to 2019" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/04/30/2011223
  7. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=20201

© Copyright 2024 - SoylentNews, All Rights Reserved

printed from SoylentNews, First SLS Mission Will be Unmanned on 2024-07-20 04:27:17