Boeing discusses use of SLS for robust lunar program

January 8, 2013 by Chris Gebhard

As the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket continues development for its debut mission in December 2017, the Boeing company has identified several exploration architectures that would be enabled by the superior capability of the Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (HLV) – ranging from missions to the Moon, through to expeditions to Mars.

SLS architecture paves the way for human return to lunar operations:

Capitalizing on the express capability of the SLS launch system to provide space-based access to areas beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Boeing has identified several exploration architectures that will provide a base for a set of space exploration missions between the 2020 and 2040 timeframe.

Specifically, Boeing points toward large mission parameters and vehicle characteristics that will enable humanity to achieve and realize a step-by-step approach toward the creation of reliable and cost-effective access to the lunar surface.

As stated by the presentation “Space Launch System capabilities for enabling crewed lunar and Mars exploration,” available to download on L2. “The Boeing company has identified several exploration architectures that are enabled by the new Space Launch System launch vehicle.

“The SLS is a national asset with performance capabilities for enabling a promising set of space exploration missions.”

To begin full exploration, Boeing identified the most logical first place to visit as humanity begins to once again push outside of LEO and out into the other regions of the inner solar system.

That first destination is the Moon.

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