SLS/Orion

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Mission to Phobos – The precursor to human Mars landing


The next great adventures for human space exploration have been touted as missions to asteroids and to the Martian surface. But a new presentation by NASA has revealed a line…

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RS-25 fired up to 109 percent during latest Static Fire test


The Stennis Space Center conducted the latest in a series of tests with RS-25 Engine 0525 on Friday, pushing the engine to its 109 percent limit during the 535-second…

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First SLS umbilical undergoing testing at the LETF


The Orion Service Module Umbilical (OSMU) has been installed on to the Launch Equipment Test Facility (LETF) at the Kennedy Space Center. The milestone marks the first umbilical to undergo…

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Orbital ATK agree deal for Orion LAS through to second SLS mission


Orbital ATK has signed a deal worth nearly $100m dollars to provide Orion’s Launch Abort System (LAS) through to the second mission for the Space Launch System (SLS)….

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NEEMO 20 to build knowledge base on delayed deep space communications


An international effort to work on the challenges associated with deep space communications is continuing on the ground, in space and underwater – with the upcoming NEEMO 20…

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NASA told to resolve SLS Upper Stage dilemma


NASA officials have admitted the interim Upper Stage for the Space Launch System is at the top of their “worry list”, as the Agency’s key advisory group insists…

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Plum Brook prepped for EM-1 Orion Service Module testing


Testing of Orion’s Service Module will be conducted at NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station this year in preparation for Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1). The Service Module is being…

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Stennis fires up RS-25 engine as Shuttle veterans prepare for SLS role


With three years to go until the debut launch of the Space Launch System (SLS), RS-25 engine E0525 conducted its third SLS-related firing this week, part of a…

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NASA looks to in-situ resource use for deep space missions and crews


NASA is exploring a shift toward the development of technologies for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) – a development that could allow crews to make use of natural resources…

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Heritage hardware: Testing the hydrogen burn off system for SLS


As NASA continues development of its new heavy lift Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, testing of the vehicle’s various launch support systems, including the all-important hydrogen burn-off system,…

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Stennis fires up RS-25 engine for full duration test


The second test firing of RS-25 engine 0525 has taken place at the A-1 Test Stand at the Stennis Space Center. The developmental engine – that never got…

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NASA selects science instruments for proposed Europa mission


NASA has selected nine out of 33 proposed instruments for inclusion in a proposed mission to the tantalizing Jovian moon known as Europa. With a primary goal of…

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Space Coast Pads transitioning for the new era


Physical changes to a number of historic pads located on Florida’s Space Coast are progressing apace, with Cape Canaveral’s SLC-41 now enjoying modification work to prepare it for…

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Working the paper trail – SLS team processing thousands of CDR documents


The Critical Design Review (CDR) for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is underway, with managers and engineers wading through huge piles of documentation. The process is expected to…

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QM-1 examinations boost as QM-2 prepares for casting


Orbital ATK engineers have concluded a thorough examination of the Qualification Motor -1 (QM-1) following its Static Fire test in March. The motor performed as expected, providing a…

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KSC constructing a “Launch Pad in a Box” at Pad 39B


The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is constructing a Deployable Launch System (DLS), marked by work at the famous Pad 39B complex. Designed to support small class launch systems,…

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EFT-1 Orion inspections provide vital MMOD information


A forensic level investigation into the condition of the Thermal Protection System (TPS) on the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion has evaluated the level of MicroMeteoroid and…

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Asteroid Redirect Mission to lay the technology foundations for deep space


In the face of political uncertainty and public apathy, NASA is beginning to push the case for the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The points of the Agency’s latest overview…

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EM-1 Orion crew module set for first weld milestone in May


The historic “first weld” of the Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) Orion is set to take place on May 1 at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans….

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NASA favors propulsive Mars landings over supersonic parachutes


NASA’s Human Architecture Team (HAT) has opted to remove supersonic parachutes as an option for landing “human-scale hardware” on the surface of Mars. The decision will result in all…