NASA could now use a commercial missile to fly its Orion Crew capsule around the moon.
A long-standing plan to launch Orion on board the massive Space Launch System (SLS) is being rethought.
The News: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has just delivered unexpected news. In the morning before the US Senate Committee on Trade, Science and Transport, he opened the possibility to launch the Orion Crew Capsule first with commercial missiles (initially without a real crew on board). This is a major change from the planned Space Launch System (SLS), the largest (and much delayed) rocket ever built in US history.
What he said:
"SLS has trouble meeting its missile schedule. The project was originally scheduled to start in December 201
Select your rocket: Although he has not named any possible missiles directly, there are only two realistic options: Delta IV Heavy from United Launch Alliance and Falcon Heavy from SpaceX. But there is still a long way to go before they finish.