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Orion/Delta V/ICPS Wetlab & Falcon Heavy docked upper stage

March 13, 2019

So the NASA Administrator may have been cooking this up for some time? We have been blogging for several years about Cislunar wetlabs that recycle spent upper stages at EML-2. The question is are you utilizing three stages here that includes the Orion service module? if you are then the ICPS is most likely being left behind in some less then HEO orbit

ICPS with its boil-off issues means it goes first and is jettisoned and  SpaceX Falcon heavy upper stage docks with Orion, this is a “eyeballs” out TLI after EOR

Orion docked with Falcon heavy second stage with the expended Orion Service module is your poor person’s human-tended space station

It would be more fun to discuss EOR  for Europa Clipper and Ice Giant missions!

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