Home / Civilian / Bill Gerstenmaier: NASA Examines Pros, Cons of Crewed SLS/Orion Mission

Bill Gerstenmaier: NASA Examines Pros, Cons of Crewed SLS/Orion Mission

NASA has launched a study of the potential advantages and disadvantages of having a flight crew on the Space Launch System‘s first deployment with the Orion spacecraft in 2019, Space News reported Friday.

Jeff Foust writes that agency researchers are examining the feasibility of a two-person flight crew for Exploration Mission 1 that would be flown on a trajectory similar to another trajectory under consideration for the future EM-2 launch.

“We need to go look at what do we really gain by putting crew on this flight,” Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for human exploration and operations at NASA, said of the crewed EM-1 study.

“Does this really advance significantly our overall ability to get to a capability to take humans, routinely as it can be, to the vicinity of the moon and operate safely?” Gerstenmaier added, according to the report.

He expects NASA to report on the preliminary results of the study within a month and projects the findings will fit into upcoming discussions between the White House and Congress about the agency’s fiscal 2018 budget.

Check Also

GAO: Air Force to Deploy New Combat Rescue Helicopters to Active Component by FY 2020

The Government Accountability Office has found that the U.S. Air Force intends to start fielding in fiscal 2020 new Combat Rescue Helicopters to replace aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters that have recorded the most flight time when it comes to staff recovery missions. GAO said in a report published Thursday the service will initially deploy the new helicopters to the active component six years ahead of the reserve component and to the Air National Guard by 2027.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *