Here are two updates from very in the know people about NASA's Orion Crewed spacecraft and the lunar Gateway.
Read them to get a very comprehensive understanding of these integrated NASA programs.
ORION UPDATE by former astronaut and friend Tom Jones
|NASA EM-1 Spacecraft|
Credit: Aerospace America
THE GATEWAY (UPDATED SEPT. 2018)
At the completion of Orion’s first visit in 2024, the Gateway will consist of the three right-most modules in this artist’s concept: the power and propulsion module (far right, with solar arrays), ESPRIT (covered in gold insulation), and the U.S. utilization module (with robotic arm).
CREDIT: NASA IMAGE; Planetary Society caption
The long pole in the tent for all of this is the successful launch and flight in 2020 of the uncrewed EM-1. If that doesn't happen on schedule and successfully all of the foregoing will be affected.
It's time to go SOMEWHERE OUT THERE........
Sky Guy in VA