NASA powers up spacecraft that could carry humans to the space beyond
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 23-Aug-2017
Washington, August 23: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the best space exploration institutions that we have in the entire world has got one step closer to carry humans to the moon, Mars and perhaps beyond. Orion, a spacecraft has the capability to cross the vacuum space, said NASA.
The latest version of the vessel was powered up for the first time on Tuesday morning lighting up the intricate on-board computers that will help Orion in the future. For the next one or two months NASA will add even more computer systems and continue testing its hardware and software. It's an important milestone for Orion, which NASA has been working on ever since the Space Shuttle program was retired in 2011.
The hope is to one day launch the spacecraft on the Space Launch System (SLS), a truly massive rocket that is also currently under development by NASA and a handful of private-sector contractors. Meanwhile, Orion and SLS are seen as NASA's next great step forward.
It's not clear when the first humans will actually climb aboard Orion. NASA originally slated the first manned mission for sometime in 2021, but the timeline has since shifted and NASA has yet to set a new target date. NASA has poured tens of billions of dollars into developing SLS and Orion, and it's already pushed back several deadlines.
On the other hand, Elon Musk’s SpaceX is known for its Mars ambitions, and the firm is expected to announce a major update to its Mars travel plan in the coming weeks. And Jeff Bezos, head of Blue Origin, is underway on his own spacecraft capable of making cargo trips to the moon.