Aviation Week & Space Technology’s Frank Morring reported yesterday in Orion Program Shrinking To Save Money, Time that,
“Lockheed Martin has cut out an entire test article from the Orion crew exploration vehicle that it is recasting in a new role as deep-space Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), combining test objectives for the remaining articles in an effort to keep the vehicle within the tight schedule set by Congress.
“By combining the tests that will be conducted with particular test articles, the company plans to send an Orion capsule into orbit on its first test flight in 2013”
Clearly, someone is channeling their inner George Mueller. We hope the same occurs with those running the Space Launch System.