Future Missions : near - Earth Asteroids * Lagrange points * The Moon * The Red Planet Mars * Deep Space destinations

THE ORION PROJECT
Exploration Flight Test 1 planned for 2014 Which will be Launched By The SLS or TheSpace Launch System

 

 

 

THE SLS

THE SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM

THE SLS

The SLS or The United States Space Launch System, is the newest advanced heavy - lifted Rocket, which will Launch The Orion in 2014 . The Orion is Designed for Crew, Instruments and Cargo Missions. With the superior , advanced lift capacity and capability, The SLS will expand the Physical and Scientifical presence of the coming Space Flight missions, far into deep Space .

Future Missions after the unmanned Exploration Flight Test 1 in 2014 are : * near - Earth asteroids | * Lagrange points | * The Moon | * The red Planet Mars | * Deep Space destinations

DEBUT OF THE SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM

The debut of The SLS, The Space Launch System will send The Orion, MPCV on a 7 - 10 days Mission to The Moon, with an aim to qualify the Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle ( HLV ) and Beyond Earth Orbit ( BEO ) Orion to carry Humans Into Deep Space . Exploration Mission 1 ( EM 1 ) involves sending Orion, MPCV around the far side of The Moon , prior to splash down in The Pacific Ocean .

LAUNCH DATE DECEMBER 17TH 2017

With a launch date of December 17Th, 2017 the Historic Mission will aim to hand NASA a Christmas Present of becoming a successful pathfinder for Crewed Spaceflights on the new State - of - the Art next - generation Spacecraft, in turn providing a Baseline for a Return to Exploration in Deep Space for the first time since the 1970s .

The Space Launch System

 

Artist Concept: Space Launch System in Flight

 

Artist Concept: Space Launch System in Flight

Artist concept of the SLS in flight. The SLS is an advanced, heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new capability for science and human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. The first SLS mission -- Exploration Mission 1 -- in 2017 will launch an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to demonstrate the inte¬≠grated system performance of the SLS rocket and spacecraft prior to a crewed flight. The second SLS mission, Exploration Mission 2, is targeted for 2021 and will launch Orion and a crew of up to four astronauts.¬†

Image credit: NASA

 

130t Cargo Expanded View


130t Cargo Expanded View

An expanded view of an artist rendering of the 130-metric-ton configuration of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), managed by the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., shows the many different elements of the rocket design. Used primarily to launch heavy cargo, this two-stage vehicle will be the largest rocket ever built and will enable exploration missions beyond low-Earth orbit, supporting travel to asteroids, Mars and other deep space destinations.

Image credit: NASA