Engineers on NASA’s multi-purpose crew vehicle (MPCV) would like to conduct an ascent-abort test before sending their capsule around the Moon on the first flight of the heavy-lift Space Launch System in 2017, but first they must find another $163 million to fund the recently announced flight test of its planetary re-entry system in 2014. Michael Coats, director of Johnson Space Center in Houston, where the Orion-based deep-space crew vehicle is managed, told the Senate Commerce science ...

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