SLS/Orion

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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…

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KSC Pads continue preparations for future vehicles


Both of the iconic pads at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) are being revamped for their roles with new launch vehicles. Pad 39B is set to receive additional Catacomb…

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SLS Program pushing toward Critical Design Review


The Space Launch System (SLS) management have set the milestones and dates for the upcoming Critical Design Review (CDR). This key review will serve as the rocket’s graduation ceremony,…

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QM-1 shakes Utah with two minutes of thunder


Orbital ATK’s Qualification Motor -1 (QM-1) test has conducted a key firing on Wednesday, on the path towards the debut launch of the Space Launch System (SLS). The…

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KSC shopping for Liquid Hydrogen solution ahead of SLS debut


NASA has begun to plan its Liquid Hydrogen options relating to debut launch of the Space Launch System (SLS). Options under consideration include the staging of up to…

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Super Crawler CT-2 test run marks 50th anniversary


NASA’s Crawler Transporter -2 (CT-2) is continuing to enjoy its first outing in over a year, as its roll to Pad 39B tests its latest modifications ahead of…

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Advanced Boosters progress towards a solid future for SLS


The giant boosters that will help shove NASA’s new monster rocket uphill are hitting milestones on two fronts. As Orbital ATK prepare for next month’s Qualification Motor -1…

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Pad 39B to gain new Flame Deflector and Trench upgrade


One of the final upgrades to Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39B will begin in earnest, following a deal between the Kennedy’s Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program and J….

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Super Sizing Pegasus for SLS core transport


The famous Pegasus Barge is nearing the end of its jumboisation phase, as work continues to prepare it for a role in transporting the massive Space Launch System…

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NASA budget proposal to initiate Europa mission plan


NASA’s 2016 budget proposal has provided a small amount of funding to formate a plan to create a flagship Europa mission. The funding will allow for an Agency level…

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Stennis conducts SLS engine firing marking RS-25 return


NASA’s Stennis Space Center has test fired the first RS-25 (unit E0525) of the Space Launch System (SLS) era on Friday, marking the beginning of a new career…

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NASA ready to power up the RS-25 engines for SLS


NASA is finally ready to begin the test fire and development program for the engines that will push the Space Launch System (SLS) uphill in 2018 and beyond….

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QM-1 Test Date Set: SLS Program Joy with Solid Solution


ATK’s test facility in Promontory, Utah is now officially looking forward to the next full-scale test of a five-segment solid rocket motor – set to take place at…