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As a specific example, Falcon Heavy was ready to launch, but the payloads kept slipping, so it did not launch for three years starting in 2019. At least with FH, The launch crews still had work to do launching F9. If the same happens to SLS, the hard-won lessons learned from the Artemis 1 launch campaign will begin to fade, people will change jobs or retire, etc.Any thoughts on the current claim that the next Orion won't be ready as planned for any launch in 2024?
When the Orion is ready for its next flight is not related to the SLS, and how the Orion schedule affects the next Artemis launch is Artemis related, not SLS.
Hmmm, exactly what other missions will the SLS be accomplishing within the next five years, then? Yes, the specific discussion of launch dates is more relevant to Artemis project, but the only payload for SLS in near term is Orion. I suggest that for a launch service with a single purpose at this time and for the near future, the availability of your payload is relevant to the discussion.
Thus, the details of a slip are not relevant to this thread, but the effects of a slip are relevant.
Artemis II isn't scheduled to launch until 2024 but the CS-2 will begin assembly at KSC Spring of next year. While yes the launch cadence is measured in year(s) the activity surrounding those launches are not.