Thursday, November 25, 2010

Lockheed Martin Proposes 2013 Orion Test

An Orion mockup at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Florida Today reports:

CAPE CANAVERAL — Lockheed Martin aims to launch a 2013 test flight from Cape Canaveral that could lead to a U.S. astronaut mission to an asteroid or the moon by 2015.

The aerospace giant plans to loft a NASA Orion spacecraft atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket that would blast off from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Click here to visit Lockheed Martin's Orion web site.

It would seem to stretch credulity to claim that this will result in a Moon or asteroid mission by 2015. No money is in the NASA budget for such a flight, much less has one been planned, and the Delta IV has not been rated for crew flights.

1 comment:

  1. This strikes me as a "don't cut the flow of cash into the trough" announcement to get Congress to continue funding them. I agree; if NASA couldn't come up with enough cash to get humans back to the moon before the mid 2020s, I fail to see how LM would accomplish it on their own by 2015.

    Give them the money, and they'll bury the "2015" somewhere on the back of their Website. If pressed, they'll find some excuse as to why it wasn't a real number to begin with.