Orion and Lunar Mission One


This week we are joined by David Iron of Lunar Missions Ltd to talk about the crowd funded Lunar Mission One. You can get more information on that campaign here: http://lunarmissionone.com or go straight to the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lunarmissionone/lunar-mission-one-a-new-lunar-mission-for-everyone?ref=nav_search

In Space News:
Orion EFT-1 launches and splashes down successfully
New Horizons coming online to explore Pluto
Hayabusa-2 launches for a comet return mission
GLONASS K launches atop a Soyuz
China launches a military satellite
SpaceX CRS-5 will be launching a rocket with fins and landing on a barge

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  1. Marc on December 8, 2014 at 6:48 am

    About “Orion doesn’t have destination.”
    I think it doesn’t matter. This craft can go anywhere beyond LEO. It’s a big universe so it’s soon enough to give it a target once it’s getting close to being operational.

    • bencredible on December 8, 2014 at 7:24 am

      Well, sorta

      Orion only has a 21 active day limit. That means we can go out in to the cosmos and return so long as the mission doesn’t take more than 21 days.

      It is possible to extend that using an additional habitat module. Then Orion can be out for 6 months of passive time and 21 days of active time. That is juuuuuust barely enough to make it to Mars, but enough.

      Problem is, we don’t have the hab module. So Orion is basically stuck to NEO (Near Earth Orbit) for destinations like the Moon and the ISS. Once the hab module is designed and built, then Mars could be within out sites. 2030 maybe? Dunno, that hab needs to be approved and funded first!

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