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    Default NASA: SLS vs Falcon Heavy race to lunar orbit?

    Oh, wow....

    From today's NASA Town Hall,

    Falcon Heavy + SLS's ICPS upper stage (a modded Delta IV upper stage) as an SLS alternative for for Orion's EM-1 mission. This because SLS is so far behind schedule.

    Michael Baylor @nextspaceflight
    [NASA Admin] Bridenstine: Falcon Heavy with an ICPS upper stage can insert Orion and the European Service Module into lunar orbit on ONE rocket. "Nothing is off the table," but notes that SLS is the best option. #SpaceX
    Deacon Doug @dougbrec
    He also said we would pursue these two options (SLS and FH) in parallel.... that kinda sets up a “race” of sorts between SpaceX and Boeing.
    3:43 PM - Apr 1, 2019

    Something like this...

    Last edited by Dr Mordrid; 1st April 2019 at 13:36.
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