28 May 2014
The Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft are generating a lot of excitement in the space community as they push forward in their development toward their first joint manned mission in 2021. The systems could open a “new era of space exploration.” Both also have recently passed important tests, remaining on schedule, although more testing remains. In a recent article for Space Review, Editor Jeff Foust summarized recent developments with Orion and SLS, noting that both are “polarizing” projects in the space community. Despite concerns from the GAO and others about total costs, companies are now aiming at near-term milestones like Orion’s first test flight later this year and the SLS’ critical design review, which starts in June. (Image Credit: NASA)
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