Arlington, Va., July 26, 2013 – NASA’s industry team that includes Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Boeing (NYSE: BA), ATK (NYSE: ATK) and Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE: GY) will discuss NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft at the 2013 Oshkosh AirVenture in Wisconsin from July 29 to Aug. 4. The team will be located at Innovation Pavillion #4 in the Innovation Center.
NASA’s SLS program in conjunction with NASA’s Orion spacecraft program, will support a variety of missions to new frontiers of national and international importance, delivering more capacity than any past, present or otherwise planned space exploration vehicle. This system will enable new pursuits that will propel America’s space exploration into the future, taking astronauts and science experiments further into space than ever before. The SLS/Orion system is designed to be flexible and evolvable for crew or cargo missions and will be safe, affordable and sustainable to advance America’s exploration of destinations throughout our solar system.
Boeing will also host a Human Space Exploration booth at the Pavilion, adjacent to the SLS team display, featuring NASA’s International Space Station, and their Commercial Crew Transportation System CST-100, in addition to SLS.
Tuesday, July 30
EAA is sponsoring a special space event on Tuesday evening at “Theatre in the Woods.” At 8:30 p.m. CDT. The space-themed fireside chat will be moderated by famed journalist and media host David Hartman. The all-star astronaut line-up which spans the Apollo era to present day space exploration, includes Apollo astronaut Charlie Duke, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, and space shuttle astronauts Charlie Precourt and Chris Ferguson who will share their mission experiences with the Apollo, MIR, Space Shuttle and International Space Station.
Thursday, Aug. 1
Former astronaut Kent Rominger and ATK executive will present during a space-themed event, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. CDT. Utah’s Clark Planetarium director, Seth Jarvis, will also attend, showcasing his spectacular Comets, Asteroids and Preventable Natural Disasters presentation.
Friday, Aug. 2
At 10:30 a.m. CDT, Dan Dumbacher, Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development at NASA – Headquarters, will be joined by SLS/Orion program executives who will hold a media panel to discuss the status of NASA’s upcoming human exploration missions into deep space, including Mars.
Lockheed Martin’s role in the SLS/Orion programs
Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor to NASA for the Orion spacecraft and is subcontracted to Boeing on the SLS Program. Together, SLS and Orion form a comprehensive system capable of taking America’s space exploration further into space than ever before. Orion is now in full production for its first test flight beyond low-Earth orbit, which is slated for September 2014. The flight test launch system will include an Orion crew module and launch abort system atop an SLS upper stage on a test booster. In 2017, the fully integrated SLS will launch an uncrewed Orion on a demonstration flight around the moon to test out the spacecraft and launch systems. The follow-on flight in 2021 will be a crewed mission.. The collaboration between the two programs makes safe, long-duration, deep-space exploration possible.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.
Boeing’s role in the SLS/Orion programs
NASA selected Boeing to design, develop and produce the nation’s next -generation, human-rated rocket to transport people beyond Earth’s orbit. Boeing’s SLS program, managed out of Huntsville, Ala., is responsible for the cryogenic stages and avionics.
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