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Trump Adviser Urges NASA to Fly Crew on Crucial Test Flight

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as declared in Constellation was the space exploration initiative under former President George W. Bush that was canceled by the Obama administration in 2010.
Before joining the Trump administration, Autry was an assistant professor for entrepreneurial studies at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with a focus on commercial space.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA should consider flying crew on the debut test flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule to better support the overall goals of U.S. space exploration, the former Trump administration liaison to NASA said on Sunday.
At the behest of the Trump administration, NASA is conducting a feasibility study to determine if the benefits of flying astronauts on the first SLS/Orion test flight, currently an unmanned mission slated for late 2018, offset the additional costs, schedule delay and potential risks to human life.
He later added that the list of flight-proven hardware also includes the upper-stage booster that is slated to fly on the SLS debut mission.

NASA Will Consider Adding Crew to Next-Gen Rocket’s Debut Launch


As it stated in”This study will determine how much additional time is needed … to add crew to EM-1,” Gerstenmaier said.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the first space shuttle flight was launched with a Saturn V rocket; this was a mistake entered by the editor.
Only one previous spacecraft, the space shuttle, made its first flight with crew aboard.
“But in the assessment, we strongly advise that NASA carefully and cautiously weigh the value proposition for flying crew on EM-1.”
Under the existing plan, a crew would fly aboard the Orion/SLS system on the EM-2 mission in 2021.


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