SLS/Orion

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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…

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ASAP concerned NASA is taking risks to meet Orion schedule


NASA’s key advisory body has warned the agency that schedule pressure, in combination with cost pressure, is causing compromises that carry additional risk. Focusing on the Orion spacecraft,…

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NASA looks to test planetary defense options on ARM mission


When NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) launches next decade, the flight will not only be tasked with bringing a piece of an asteroid to lunar orbit, but also…

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NASA into deep planning for Asteroid Redirect Mission


NASA has completed a review of its upcoming, first-of-its-kind Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) flight. ARM, scheduled to launch in 2021, will see the agency attempt to retrieve a…

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NASA examines options and flight paths for SLS EM-2 mission


As NASA and its contracted partner agencies press forward toward the debut launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket in 2018, the U.S. space agency is beginning…

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RS-25 veteran conducts Static Fire test ahead of SLS launch


NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have conducted an opening test of the RS-25 rocket engine that will help power the Space Launch System (SLS) during launch. Engine 2059, a…

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KSC testing the VS – designed to dampen SLS swaying on a windy pad


Engineers at the Kennedy Space Center are set to test the Vehicle Stabilizer (VS) via a motion simulator at the Launch Equipment Test Facility (LETF). The VS will have…

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Space Industry press forward with exploration hardware development


The multi-center, multi-partner effort is continuing to piece together the key hardware elements that will return NASA to deep space exploration. Recent progress has been made on items…

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CT-2 completes Super Crawler modifications for SLS program


Crawler Transporter 2 (CT-2) has completed all of the necessary modifications to upgrade it to Super Crawler status.  The new Super Crawler is now set to roll out…

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NASA moves to enforce early switch to EUS for SLS


NASA managers have placed a “stop work order” in relation to the human-rating of the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (lCPS) for the Space Launch System (SLS). The stage,…

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EM-1 Orion pressure vessel arrives at KSC


One of the major milestones for Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) was completed on Monday with the arrival of Orion’s Pressure Vessel at the launch site. The capsule hardware…

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SLS engines prepare for Stennis tests – AR affordability focus for new RS-25s


RS-25 Engine 2059 – a veteran of five Shuttle missions – is scheduled to begin static fire testing at the end of February, initiating a test series on…

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NASA facilities, teams ramp up SLS flight production for 2018 maiden flight


NASA is ramping up production of hardware and flight elements for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, set to make its debut flight in 2018, as various construction…

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KSC meeting portrays SLS as scrambling for a manifest plan


An “All-Hands” style meeting was held in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Monday, overviewing the spaceport’s current and future initiatives. During…

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NASA defends decision to restart RS-25 production, rejects alternatives


NASA has issued a lengthy explanation behind the decision to contract Aerojet Rocketdyne to restart production of the RS-25 engine, mainly centering on the claim it is less…