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  [Discuss] NASA's Orion Exploration Mission-1

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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.

E2M Lem Man
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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!

johntosullivan
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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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