A new NASA space station is on the horizon and many are speculating that a new NASA Space Launch System (SLS) rocket could be ready to launch in a matter of months, if not weeks.
The SLS is an enormous vehicle, weighing more than 30,000 tons, and is designed to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS).
But a new, larger rocket is expected to be ready by 2021.
That new rocket will be the Orion capsule, which NASA hopes to eventually replace the Saturn V rocket, which has been retired since the Apollo era.
Orion will be a fully autonomous vehicle capable of taking humans into deep space and landing them in a moon-like orbiting location.
NASA is planning to launch a new Orion capsule into space by 2021, and the Orion crew capsule is expected by 2021 as well.
This would mean that Orion could launch up to four astronauts into deep-space missions.
The first two astronauts would land in orbit, while the third would spend several weeks in the space station.
The Orion capsule and crew capsule would then be combined to make the first two crew capsules.
The crew capsules would then take them back to Earth for a landing on the Moon, and back to space for the last two crew members.
If all goes according to plan, Orion would launch in 2021, then the crew capsules and Orion would be combined, and then the Orion astronauts would spend the next few years of their lives in deep space, orbiting the Earth.
“This is the largest manned vehicle ever built, and it’s the one with the biggest launch capability,” NASA Associate Administrator for Crew Exploration and Operations Frank Culbertson told reporters in June.
“It’s an absolutely massive vehicle.
It’s a big vehicle, and we’re looking forward to making this the most powerful vehicle ever designed.”
NASA and SpaceX have both announced plans to launch humans into space.
In December, NASA confirmed that a test flight of a crewed flight to the International Spaceport in Florida had taken place.
In June, SpaceX announced that the first manned mission to the ISS had been completed.
It is unclear what the crewed test flight will look like, but it is believed that the mission will use the same crew capsule as the Orion spacecraft, with an extra crew member onboard.
This is a developing story.
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