NASA won't be sending astronauts aboard the first integrated flight of the SLS rocket and the Orion capsule. it was initially considered but was scrapped later on.
NASA"s most powerful rocket won't be flying its maiden flight on 2018. This is after GAO reported that there is very little time to prepare for the first flight given the difficulties the mission is facing.
NASA engineers test fired the brains of the SLS rocket scheduled for launch in 2018. Three more engines are scheduled for testing in the following months.
Lockheed Martin unveiled its Mars Base Camp concept that is capable of housing six astronauts bound for the Red planet. The base camp will be integrated with the Orion capsules.
NASA will look into the possibility of sending astronauts aboard the first flight of the SLS rocket. Exploration Mission 1 will be the maiden flight of Orion and SLS together.
NASA and ESA are working together for another historic mission the moon. ESA will help provide the modules for the Orion spacecraft that will take humans to the moon and beyond.
NASA prepares for the first crewed flight of the Orion spacecraft with the goal of confirming that all of the spacecraft’s systems operate as designed in the actual deep space environment.
NASA scientists are developing a variety of food bars that will keep astronauts full during deep space missions.
NASA is preparing for the Space Launch System’s (SLS) big test series. A test version of the rocket’s powerful propulsion system was installed at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center to begin hardware tests.
NASA is concluding a series of successful tests in preparation for the first integrated flight in 2018, which include the Orbital ATK rocket test, the RS-25 engine test, the welding on the liquid hydrogen tank, and most recently, the Orion parachute test.
NASA has completed the welding of one of the first giant fuel tanks that will take its Space Launch System mega rocket to space in 2018.
Lockheed Martin finalized a deal with NASA to send CubeSat SkyFire in space.
To make sure the astronauts are safe from injuries during a spacecraft's re-entry on Earth, engineers are performing crash tests on NASA's next generation of spacecraft using dummies in full Advance Crew Escape System suits.
NASA is currently preparing for their Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) which will provide new knowledge on near-Earth objects such as asteroids.