NASA can now use a commercial rocket to fly its Orion crew capsule around the moon
A long plan to launch the moon mission Orion aboard the massive Space Launch System (SLS) is being reconsidered.
The news: NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has just delivered some unexpected news. Before Wednesday morning, the US Senate Committee on Trade, Science and Transport opened the opportunity to use commercial rockets to first launch the Orion Crew Capsule (without a proper crew on board, initially). It marks a major change from using the planned Space Launch System (SLS), the largest (and much delayed) rocket ever built in American history.
What he said:
"SLS is struggling to meet its schedule. It was originally scheduled to launch in December 201
Choose your rocket: While not directly naming any rockets, there are only two realistic options: United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy and SpaceX's Falcon heavy. But there is still a long way to go before they would be ready.