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NASA Simulates Orion-SLS Launch’s Impact On Crew Members.

SPACE  (1/31, Lunsford) reports that earlier this month, NASA engineers for the first time simulated how a launch of the Orion spacecraft on the Space Launch System (SLS) as currently designed would affect crew members. At the Johnson Space Center in Houston, “test subjects, modified advanced crew escape suits and the most current seat design for the crew impact attenuation system underwent simultaneous testing so the human factors engineers can begin understanding” the affect on astronauts. NASA officials, in an image description, explained, “This was the first time this key hardware was brought together to evaluate how launch vibrations may impact the astronaut’s ability to view the displays and controls.” The agency plans to launch the first manned missions of the spacecraft as early as 2021, while the first unmanned missions are scheduled for late next year.