SLS/Orion

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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…

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NASA evaluting modified Shuttle ACES for Asteroid EVA


NASA experts are evaluating the use of a modified version of the famous Space Shuttle launch and entry suit – or Advanced Crew Escape Suit (ACES) – for…

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EFT-1 Orion set for Christmas return to Florida


Following the 20,000+ mph return of the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion last week, the spacecraft is enjoying a more leisurely series of transits. After completing the ride…

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EFT-1 Orion completes historic mission


For the first time since 1981 NASA test flew a new vehicle designed to carry astronauts into space. The unmanned Exploration Flight Test 1 mission, the maiden flight…

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Orion’s crewed asteroid mission unlikely to occur prior to 2024


The proposed mission to send two astronauts to a captured asteroid near the Moon won’t occur until the middle of the next decade, according to an overview provided to NASA’s Aerospace Safety…

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US Navy ready to support EFT-1 Orion’s splashdown


While public attention is focused on the upcoming launch of the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion, the US Navy is preparing for the spacecraft’s splashdown at the…

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EFT-1 Orion rolls out to greet her Delta IV-H rocket


The Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion has taken her final journey on terra firma, following rollout to the Delta IV-Heavy that is tasked with lofting her on…