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“Digital Journal” : Trump asks NASA to study feasibility of crew on rocket’s flight

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Not only that, but on Thursday, an independent safety panel cautioned that NASA needs a compelling reason to put astronauts on the initial flight, given the risk.
By By Karen Graham yesterday in Technology President Trump has directed NASA to conduct a feasibility study on adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket, a project currently planned as an unmanned mission around the moon in 2018.
That panel was formed 50 years ago last month after the Apollo 1 fire that killed three astronauts in a countdown test.
But Trump, who has yet to appoint a new NASA administrator, wants to speed up the mission and wants to see whether two astronauts can make the flight, even though the agency’s heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion deep-space capsule have yet to go through all the necessary safety testing required on the systems.

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Trump wants NASA to put a crew on rocket’s debut flight

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Trump wants  to put a crew on rocket’s debut flight

Trump wants NASA to put a crew on rocket’s debut flight MoreThe Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday.
The study marks President Donald Trump’s first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The request for the study from the new
Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

 

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket’s debut flight

according to NASA officials said they do not feel compelled to fly the test mission with crew aboard, Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s head of human space flight, told reporters on a conference call.
The rocket’s second flight, which is to include crew, is targeted for August 2021.
The study will explore what would be gained technically by having a crew aboard sooner.
Gerstenmaier said adding crew to the mission would not be worthwhile if it forced the flight to be delayed more than about a year.
The study marks President Donald Trump’s first step in shaping a vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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