There’s one other example of ways of going to the Planet Mars, in which “Elon Musk- Space X” has demonstrated, also NASA too has demonstrated their Path towards Mars. In this Case Orbital-ATK has demonstrated their Transportation systems, the CisLunar is one vision towards utilizing the Cygnus module system, basing on the “NASA SLS-Space Launch System” as the main carrier launch vehicle in the repetitive construction of the each Cygnus manned serviced modules in creating a space faring craft in featuring construction modular design in which each component is purpose build for the mission specifications..
As the modules assemble… then it’s ready to be transported with a flight crew on board for the next step in journey wise towards the Mars.. Utilizing the Orion Module as the principal work truck, in the construction time frame starting on from 2020 when the SLS program starts to takes place.. in where on 202 A ICH- Cygnus based initial Cislunar Module is launched on board the SLS with a manned Orion Module as things develop from there, the module is extracted, and placed, parked in position… until 2022 the Orion Crew Exploration Spacecraft and cargo pod launched aboard SLS for a human mission to a lunar orbit.. in where it gets assemble with the first module then more arrive in 2024 time frame where more modules added to increase capability and providing a periodic visits by human crews.. until on the 2028 time frame the habitation could be used as a destination for commercial or international unscrewed lunar missions.. in providing the 2030 time frame the CisLunar Configuration could be modified to accommodate with more modules for a duration mission to the Planet Mars as outfitted with international partners in this endeavor..
As the build up to the “NASA’s Space Launch Systems” in preparations in returning back to the moon Luna, then towards the rusty orange Planet Mars, with ongoing efforts in establishing an outpost on research, exploration, commercial, also tourism on those two… as the First Test flight of the Constellation Program – SLS is underway for the for the launch calendar year 2018, no later than November launch window… on a re-built-recondition Launch complex –LC 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida that was once launched by the STS- Space Transportation Systems, The Space Shuttle program- the Work Truck of NASA.. With the Orion command module on-board to test the full stack of its systems before a manned test flight to see if any other modifications, tweaking, and turning are required to rebuild another variant of the original SLS rocket..
In this see that preparations of a forty meter long SLS liquid hydrogen fuel tank constructed with a new tooling systems at Vehicle Assembly Center at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans…. In where this major component is of the first stage in which it takes up least two thirds of sixty five meter first stage among its other component in which stores the Liquid Oxygen in where the two it feeds the powerful four RS-25 engines that was once used on the Tri-cluster Space Shuttle Main Engines, now heavily modified for the SLS program, also with a pair five segmentation SRB’s Solid Rocket Boosters on each sides.. Using the same design heritage from the STS-Space Shuttle program..
Apart from the forty meter Liquid Hydrogen tank is the testing for flight qualification to see whether to see if it sustains to any form of extreme stresses that may be impose on it to see if any other modifications learning experiences that are learn from that testing at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama…
On 28 June 2016, “NASA- Orbital ATK” is firing up the last test qualification testing for the five segment solid rocket booster in preparation for the return to moon on the year 2020…While the four segment solid rocket boosters were designed for the Space Transportation System in this was during the Space Shuttle era… The SLS system is designed along the same tooling and design heritage like the STS-Space Shuttle systems many elementary designs, tooling, are brought and inspire on to the SLS systems in order to reduce the operational cost… ..
The Testing is done at Promontory in Utah… in which is one of Orbital ATK’s testing facilities.. As part of this testing is done before an unmanned flight in a fully stack up Space launched System –SLS configuration to test flight on the 2018 launch calendar year… with the unmanned command Orion module with 154 feet long, with an excessive of 3.6 million pounds of thrust at Mach three…. Why not….?
As the timetable is set to return to the moon, then onwards to Mars then onwards to Jupiter and Saturn, “NASA” also it with its partners, are construction of one of the most powerful rockets ever built, it’s call the Space Launch System, it’s the successor to the Space Transport System in which its larger more powerful than any other complex engine system that NASA has constructed since the Apollo Program as this animation explains..
It’s component construction is diverted out from the Space Shuttle STS design heritage tooling systems, noticing the external longer Tank with the most notable five segment Solid Rocket boosters also in carrying on with the tradition of having an Orion Command module on its upper stage carrying up to four crew onboard.. as a multi-purpose, or role space craft.. also the vehicle is designed to carry larger payloads than the STS-Space Shuttle program, in which that payload could variant in mission purpose type… in view it should be interesting to see the other variants extreme heavy’s of the SLS in the developing missions to come..
Command modules come a long way from the days of Apollo; the Space Shuttle also the Soyuz program, especially the design technology ergonomics aspects and it’s functionally. As the days of building up to when the Soyuz tendership from launching passengering Astronauts and Cosmonauts starts to expire from the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos end once” NASA”” Boeing’s” Orion and “Space X’s Dragon Manned Command Module” takes its place …
As for the interior in this was based on utilizing the up to date technologies. One or many things that I like about the Manned Dragon nine Module, is the clean white tidy lines inside with the basics colours of white and black, in allowing more outside therefore using less energy to light up the interior for seven crew members….also the interior resemble something out from the a pimp out white out Nissan Skyline..
As with the central console in which allows navigation, communications and Helm control… noting everything is wireless connected that you could control the vehicle from a tablet or through an EVA suit as the Orion Command Module is which makes everything efficient… looking at the main console is there’s no switches like the old days of Apollo Module replacing is a tri touch screen in which reduces the accidental switching in which is housed in protective housing… It should very interesting to see the NASA Boeing Orion Module interior would looks whether it would looks very sleek likes Space X Manned Dragon’s Command Module..