Lockheed Martin, bolstered by a recent agreement in Washington, D.C., regarding NASA's Space Launch System, is moving forward with its plans for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The mega-rocket for manned deep-space missions would carry the Orion MPCV. "As soon as possible, we will transition to flying our test flights on early versions of the SLS," said Laurence Price, Orion deputy program manager at Lockheed Martin. "We already know a lot about this vehicle, its environment, load conditions and trajectory. So we are accommodating the unique capability of the launch vehicle into the design of the Orion/MPCV."

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