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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-09-2013 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Editor's note: In an effort to keep the topic NASA's Orion Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) focused on status updates, readers' feedback and opinions are directed to this thread.

Please use this topic to discuss NASA's 2018 first flight of the Space Launch System with its Orion crew module.

GTspace
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posted 12-06-2014 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aviation Week reporting delays.
An uncrewed flight of NASA's Orion crew capsule atop the agency's new Space Launch System (SLS) in December 2017 has slipped into calendar year 2018, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

...a precise launch date for the 2018 flight test has not been set, though after evaluating the results of today's Orion EFT-1 flight, NASA is expected to determine a new launch date by late spring 2015.

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posted 12-08-2014 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man   Click Here to Email E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I look ahead to the 2018 Exploration Mission-1, it will be 50 years since Apollo 8, America's first manned flight around the Moon. I can only hope that the payload will commemorate that accomplishment and I also feel that it has to be flying out to the lunar vicinity or even orbit the Moon for anyone to take this seriously. Let's go to the moon... or beyond!

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posted 12-17-2014 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johntosullivan   Click Here to Email johntosullivan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a program name for these Orion flights?

Previously the Ares launcher and Orion capsule were part of the Constellation program. If that was cancelled, to which program do the SLS and Orion now belong?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-17-2014 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA is not building SLS or Orion under a specific program by design.

The agency has said that it is building the vehicles as a capability, rather than under a specific program, so they can then be applied to many different programs (e.g. SLS can be used to launch spacecraft in support of a crewed exploration program or launch a large observatory or other robotic mission under a different program).

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posted 09-08-2015 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm a little confused about the "seven welds" figure. It would appear those individual components are made of up dozens/hundreds of welds themselves.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-08-2015 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The seven refers to the major component welds:
The primary structure of Orion's crew module is made of seven large aluminum pieces that must be welded together in detailed fashion.

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Each milestone gets the adrenaline pumping a little in anticipation of the flight. I just hope the next President doesn't cancel the program.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-11-2016 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Managers of the SLS, Orion, and Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) programs said recently that while the programs are working towards a the launch of Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) in November 2018, they believe that they could launch up to two months earlier, reports SpaceNews.
"The agency's baseline commitment is November of 2018," said Mike Bolger, manager of the GSDP program. "The September date we've talked internally about, and pressed them to see if we can make it by September. It gives us a little margin at the end."

His comments came after an earlier presentation by Mark Kirasich, the Orion program manager, who discussed preparations for the EM-1 launch, including photos of the pressure vessel of the spacecraft being assembled at the Kennedy Space Center.

"This is the pressure vessel that, about 28 months from now, will be on its way towards the moon and into a distant retrograde orbit around the moon," he said, a timeframe that corresponds to a September 2018 launch.

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quote:
Originally posted by Fra Mauro:
I just hope the next President doesn't cancel the program.
From the NASA folks at Marshall and JSC I've spoken with, the money's already been allocated for this and the SLS tests for at least once launch. I'm not sure how far the money goes past the SLS test flight, but I'd be crushed if they killed the first manned flight on an SLS...

Crushed, but not the least bit surprised, that is.

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