17–19 September 2018
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NASA Delays First SLS-Orion Mission To 2019, Will Not Include Crew

16 May 2017
NASA officials announced Friday that they have delayed the scheduled first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) to 2019 from 2018 and will not send a human crew on the first mission, as President Donald Trump’s administration had suggested. The New York Times reported that during a conference call with reporters, NASA Acting Administrator Robert M. Lightfoot said that while adding a crew to the flight was technically feasible, it would add $600 million to $900 million in additional costs and further delay the launch. He explained that the agency’s study of the proposal “really reaffirmed the baseline plan we have in place is the best way to go.”  (Image Credit: NASA)
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  • Open for Abstract: 29 Nov 2017
  • Abstract Deadline: 08 Feb 2018
  • Manuscript Deadline: 16 Aug 2018
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 27 Aug 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline: 04 Sep 2018

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