SLS/Orion

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EFT-1 to boost ATK Launch Abort System test path


ATK’s Launch Abort System (LAS) – a key element for crew safety during the ride uphill on the Space Launch System and Orion – continues to make good…

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NASA lines up Exploration Upper Stage workhorse for SLS


The powerful Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) has taken another step forward, following NASA’s request to industry to provide evaluations and costings into engine options. Four engines are expected…

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KSC continuing its spaceport transition for the new era


It’s been over three years since the world famous Kennedy Space Center (KSC) last felt the rumble of a launch from within its grounds. However, the spaceport hasn’t fallen…

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Orion EFT-1 mission enters pad flow milestones


Years in the planning, and NASA’s first step toward returning humans to deep space exploration, Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) is now into the business end of launch…

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SLS engine testing delayed due to test stand contamination


The return of RS-25 engine testing at the Stennis Space Center has been delayed, following the discovery of a contamination issue involving cloth fibers inside the A-1 test…

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ATK making progress on SRB propellant void issue


A year after discovering small voids between the solid propellant and the outer casing of the aft segment of a test motor for the massive 5-segment SRBs for NASA’s upcoming…

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Michoud proudly reveal monster welder for SLS cores


The Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) is continuing its lengthy transition towards its new flagship role, marked by ribbon cutting event on Friday for a huge tool that will…

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EFT-1 Orion completes outfitting, ready for fueling


NASA’s first space-worthy Orion spacecraft is preparing for her next key milestone in the flow towards December’s Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) mission. The completed Orion, now stacked…

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Battle of the Heavyweight Rockets – SLS could face Exploration Class rival


With the recent announcement the Space Launch System (SLS) has become challenged by her schedule, the NASA rocket may soon find herself in a battle with a commercial “alternative”….

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SLS searching for missions to solve flight rate dilemma


Space Launch System (SLS) managers are continuing to look at potential – and as yet unfunded – science missions to provide their monster rocket with a viable number…

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EFT-1 Orion targets morning launch on December 4


The long-awaited debut flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft has been scheduled for a morning launch on December 4, a major milestone after nearly 10 years of development. With…

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45 years after Tranquility: One small step to a bright future


Forty-five years ago, people across the world held their breaths as a hair-raising, heart-pounded descent occurred a quarter of a million miles away from Earth. At the Sea…

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RS-25 engine installed for Stennis testing amid SLS schedule debate


The Stennis Space Center is just weeks away from returning to RS-25 engine testing, following the installation of Engine 0525 on the A-1 Test Stand. The milestone comes as…

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Apollo 11 marks 45 years since historic launch


Wednesday marked the 45th anniversary of the launch of the most important space mission in human history. On this day, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from LC-39A at the…

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Pegasus Barge to begin renovations for SLS core shipping


NASA’s famous Pegasus Barge – best known for transporting External Tanks from the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) – is about to be…

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Orion conducts final full system parachute test ahead of EFT-1


As the launch date for Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) closes in, the Orion team conducted the final major parachute testing ahead of gaining data from an actual…

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SMAT firings ramp up for SLS acoustic testing


The mini-me version of the Space Launch System (SLS) is now being put through its paces as part of the Scale Model Acoustic Test (SMAT) program. The heavily…

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NEEMO returns with two new underwater missions


Two new missions under the NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) program have been announced, returning an international crew to an underwater base off the coast of Florida….

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NASA confirms EUS for SLS Block IB design and EM-2 flight


Following internal conversations regarding the upper stage design for the forthcoming second flight of the Space Launch System (SLS)  – named Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2) – NASA has…

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NRC Pathway approach to Mars includes Lunar landings, Chinese alliance


A lengthy National Research Council (NRC) report into the US Human Space Flight program cited the need for a “Pathway” approach to NASA’s exploration ambitions, stepping stones that would…