The future for SCIFLI is very bright. The team is currently in the planning phase for several missions, while others are being considered. The group has stayed very busy and will remain very important to multiple large NASA projects. Currently, the SCIFLI team is preparing for several upcoming missions and potential missions that will grow our expertise and experience.
One of these missions will be the NASA Artemis 1 (formerly Exploration Mission 1) in late 2021. This is the second flight of the Orion Crew Capsule. We will be conducting imaging on the forward bay cover and parachute deployment sequence that occurs during sequence entry, descent, and landing. Following recent developments, SCIFLI has also been engaged to image the ascent of the rocket. Artemis 1 is set to travel further and longer and return faster and hotter than ever before with the help of the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in history for deep space missions. Because of these differences from past missions, SCIFLI’s imaging expertise is vital to understanding the behavior of the vehicle.