VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Artemis, Orion and SLS: The Future of Deep Space Exploration

In our February Thought Leader Series, presented by The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), a panel of experts will discuss the Orion spacecraft, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Artemis Program.

In the 1960s, the most powerful rocket ever built, the Saturn V, powered NASA’s missions to the Moon. The Space Launch System will do the same for the Artemis missions. Instead of the Apollo capsules, it will carry the Orion spacecraft.

What lessons were learned from previous deep space exploration and what innovations are happening right now by commercial space companies? Find out with our panel of Anthony Byers, Orion Program Operations program director for Lockheed Martin, and Steve Snell, the director of the Space Launch System Exploration Upper Stage Program for Boeing.


Snell has considerable leadership experience overseeing an array of projects and products, including several with NASA. Since 1998, he has worked with Boeing on propulsion testing, analysis and development, including on multiple stages of the SLS and the Space Shuttle Program.

Byers has worked with Lockheed Martin since 2004 and worked on the Orion Program since 2013. Artemis III is the third planned flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft to be launched on the Space Launch System. Scheduled for launch in October 2024, Artemis III is planned to be the second crewed mission of the Artemis program and the first crewed lunar landing since Apollo 17 in 1972.

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