NASA might now use a commercial rocket to fly its Orion crew capsule around the moon
Technologyreview.com - Thu 14 Mar 14:49 GMT

A long-standing plan to launch the moon mission Orion on board the massive Space Launch System (SLS) is being rethought.

NASA might now use a commercial rocket to fly its Orion crew capsule around the moon

  NASA might now use a commercial rocket to fly its Orion crew capsule around the plan to launch the moon mission Orion on board the massive Space Launch System (SLS) is being rethought.

  Before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Wednesday morning, he opened up the possibility of using commercial rockets to first launch the Orion Crew Capsule (without an actual crew on board, to begin with).

  That marks a big change from using the planned Space Launch System (SLS), the largest (and much-delayed) rocket that’s ever been built in US history.

  Some of those options would include launching the Orion Crew Capsule and European Service module on a commercial rocket.”

  Pick your rocket: While he didn’t directly name any possible rockets, there are only two realistic possibilities: United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy and SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy.