SLS and Orion: August 2007 Archives

Boeing Selected to Build NASA's Upper Stage for Ares I

"The Boeing Company has been awarded a NASA contract valued at approximately $514.7 million to produce the upper stage of the Ares I crew launch vehicle. This element provides the navigation, guidance, control and propulsion required for the ascent of the second-stage Ares I into low -Earth orbit."

NASA to Announce Contractor for Ares I Upper Stage Production

"NASA will host a news conference at 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 28, to announce the selection of a contractor for the upper stage element of the Ares I rocket that will help launch future human missions to the moon. The Ares I will carry to low Earth orbit the Orion crew exploration vehicle, which will succeed the space shuttle as NASA's primary vehicle for human space exploration."

Editor's note: There are some reports and rumors circulating that NASA has decided to redesign the Orion spacecraft to land in water only - and not on land with airbags. According to a short statement from NASA PAO to - one corroborated with ESMD (specifically, with ESMD Deputy AA Doug Cooke): "NASA has not abandoned the concept of land re-entries. The decision has not been made."

Editor's update: When contacted for comment on these rumors and reports, and asked "Has NASA deleted the requirement that Orion make routine landings on land instead of in the ocean? Has NASA directed Lockheed Martin to make these changes in the design of Orion?" ESMD AA Scott Horowitz told "No. Still being studied, currently part of the trades to see what effects each requirement (including land landing nominally) has on weight."

Editor's update: According to this article Orion landings to be splashdowns - KSC buildings to be demolished on "NASA Constellation and Lockheed Martin have deleted the airbag landing system from the next Orion design cycle (Orion 607) in a weight saving measure, opting to return to an Apollo-style splashdown for the vehicle's end of mission.". The author of this article just stated "We totally stand by our story as 100 percent accurate."

What can I say - I have statements that deny that this change has been made to Orion's design directly from Scott Horowitz, the NASA ESMD AA - and his deputy - and also from NASA PAO - all on the record. Everyone can't be right on this - and I doubt Scott and Doug suddenly decided to start being dishonest with me.

NASA KSC Solicitation: Construction of the Constellation Crew Launch Vehicle Mobile Launcher

"NASA/KSC is issuing Request for Proposal (RFP)] NNK07201535R for the Construction of the Constellation Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) Mobile Launcher (ML). This RFP is for the construction of the Constellation CLV ML. This acquisition will be conducted as a negotiated full and open competition. The ML acquisition evaluation is being conducted in two parts due to the aggressive Constellation Program schedule and need for the ML."



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