SLS/Orion

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MAF Roadmap: Preparing the SLS first core stages for testing and flight


The Structural Test Articles (STA) that will make up the first core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is in the final phase of construction at…

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Orion’s heat shield arrives at Kennedy for EM-1 mission preparations


Lockheed Martin has delivered the Orion crew vehicle’s heat shield for the upcoming EM-1 test flight to the Kennedy Space Center from its manufacturing facility in Denver, Colorado….

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SLS Program working overtime to make 2018 debut


Exploration Systems Development (ESD) Deputy Associate Administrator Bill Hill explained plans to mitigate flow concerns – such as recent adjustments to the Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage…

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RS-25 fires up again in latest SLS engine test


The latest static fire test of the development RS-25 engine (E0528) has taken place at the Stennis Space Center. The test is part of a series aimed at validating…

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SLS critical flight paths refined for 2018 debut; thrust profiles updated


NASA’s Exploration Systems Development office has completed its review of progress to date as well as forward path activity on the development of the Space Launch System (SLS)…

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QM-2 booster pulled apart for examination as SLS pair continue to take shape


With a series of successful test firings completed by Orbital ATK, engineers are gaining confidence in how their five segment boosters will perform in their role in helping…

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NASA Lunar Imaging CubeSat – SkyFire – to ride with EM-1


NASA’s aim to provide a ride to numerous secondary payloads on the debut mission for the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion has resulted in Lockheed Martin signing…

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NASA exploration focuses on Deep Space Hab systems and crew health


As part of its comprehensive review to the NASA Advisory Council, the US space agency has presented its review of progress on the development of a Deep Space…

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NASA updates status and timetable of ambitious Asteroid Redirect Mission


NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) standing committee has presented the NASA Advisory Council with a status update regarding the agency’s direction and execution of the upcoming Asteroid…

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SLS engine fired up following previous aborted test


The NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and Syncom Space Services team at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi have conducted a “make-up” hot-fire test of a development RS-25 engine (E0528) on…

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SLS Launch Director outlines the NASA’s big rocket countdown plan


With just over two years to go until the rocket’s maiden launch, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA’s launch director for the first Space Launch System (SLS) mission, has provided an…

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SpaceX conducts static fire Falcon 9 rocket ahead of CRS-9 launch


SpaceX has conducted a critical test firing of all nine core stage engines of its Falcon 9 rocket ahead of an early-Monday/late-Sunday scheduled launch of the CRS-9 cargo…

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Engine 0528 begins RS-25 testing for SLS – suffers early shutdown


The latest RS-25 test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi – aimed at continuing the certification effort to adapt the Space Shuttle era cryogenic rocket engine for…

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SLS Mission Trajectory – Mike Sarafin outlines the ride uphill for EM-1


NASA managers are closing in on a mission trajectory plan for the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that is set to debut in 2018. Mike Sarafin, NASA’s mission…

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QM-2: Orbital ATK fires up SLS booster for final qualification test


Orbital ATK and NASA have conducted the last planned full-scale Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster test firing prior to the first SLS launch in 2018. The…

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NASA attempting to put the “meat on the bones” on its Mars plan


NASA managers have told the Agency’s safety oversight board that they are continuing to put together the plan for Mars missions while warning the nation is now heavily…

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Orbital ATK unveils cislunar habitat plan, potential missions for SLS and Orion


Orbital ATK has unveiled preliminary plans to place a four-person habitat in cislunar space by 2020. The announcement during testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on…

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SLS Tail Service Masts undergoing construction ahead of LETF testing


Engineers have begun the construction of two huge Tail Service Masts that will play a crucial role with the Space Launch System (SLS) on launch day. The TSMUs…

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Renewing the famous Flame Trench, one brick at a time


Kennedy Space Center’s famous launch pads are continuing their regeneration work in preparation for hosting their first orbital launches since the end of the Space Shuttle Program. Pad…

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MSFC propose Aerojet Rocketdyne supply EUS engines


The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has issued a “Justification for Other Than Full and Open Competition (JOFOC)” solicitation in support of sole sourcing RL10 engines for the…