Changes planned for NASA’s biggest rocket
station that will be part science lab, part habitation module and part communications hub. “We’re actively working through additional design opportunities to lighten the stage and increase its performance and take even more out to the lunar area so that the Gateway can be built and we can get human boots back on the surface of the Moon,” said John Shannon, vice president and programme manager for the Space Launch System.
The news follows NASA’s decision to slow the introduction of the EUS. It is now due to launch in 2024, four years later than originally envisaged.
Boeing has the contract to manufacture the Space Launch System