SLS/Orion

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Two mid-span supports required to avoid booster sag for QM-1


ATK will use two “mid-span” supports on their upcoming static test of their five segment Solid Rocket Booster (SRB). The large pieces of hardware will help mitigate “sagging”…

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MAF undergoing major modification work ahead of SLS production


The Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) has begun its transformation back into the birth place of giant rockets that will enable the United States to return to deep space…

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Dennis Tito announces crewed Mars flyby – requires technical advances


Millionaire Dennis Tito has announced plans to send a human couple on a 501 day flyby mission to Mars, via an optimistic schedule that will require several major…

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NASA sign up US Navy for opening three Orion splashdowns


An agreement has been signed with the United States Navy to provide splashdown recovery support for NASA’s Orion spacecraft through to the crewed Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2). The…

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ATK Launch Abort hardware arrives at KSC ahead of EFT-1


Launch Abort System (LAS) hardware for the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) mission has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for integration on the Orion that will…

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Safety Panel impressed with challenged Exploration Program


NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) have provided a report to NASA administrator Charlie Bolden stating they are impressed with the Agency’s work towards the opening missions for…

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SLS takes on new buckling standards, drops Super Light alloy


With a recent decision to switch the Space Launch System (SLS) core from aluminum-lithium to non-lithium alloys, NASA has come full circle on a journey that started nearly…

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Asteroid close pass highlights need to investigate NEAs via NASA missions


Following 2012 DA14′s close pass to Earth on Friday, asteroids once again found their way into the general public’s consciousness. 2012 DA14 was not – as Hollywood movies…

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Second J-2X engine prepares for SLS testing


Engineers at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi are preparing for a series of tests on a second J-2X engine – designated as unit 10002. This new series…

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Orion processing heats up ahead of EFT-1 mission


NASA’s first Orion to head into space is continuing to be pieced together, with a major milestone – involving the first flight ready heat shield – now complete….

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Mobile Launcher redesign plan for SLS nears completion


Teams at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) are expected to complete a redesign plan for the giant Mobile Launcher (ML) by the end of the month. Re-purposed for…

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Curiosity will help humans reach Mars


As NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) continues to impress during its mission on the Red Planet – marked by another milestone via the use of its drill for…

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SLS launch to Orion separation – sequence outlined by NASA


The NASA teams working on the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft are continuing to build a huge collection of documentation that will provide the tools to…

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KSC Crawlerway set for facelift in preparation for SLS


Preparations have begun to repair and upgrade the famous crawlerway at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as part of the continuing modifications taking place at the world famous…

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Boeing outlines technology for crewed Mars missions


With a focus on building the archetypal missions for NASA’s new Space Launch System rocket, the U.S.-based Boeing Corporation has outlined their view of what technologies can be…

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Orion’s ATV Service Module deal may allow ESA astro on EM-2 mission


As was expected, NASA and ESA managers announced the European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) will live on as the bulk of the Orion Service Module. With an emphasis…

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The Dark Knights – ATK’s Advanced Boosters for SLS revealed


A presentation overviewing ATK’s preliminary proposal for the upcoming advanced booster competition for Space Launch System (SLS) claims the new motor will be 40 percent cheaper and 23.5…

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Boeing discusses use of SLS for robust lunar program


As the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket continues development for its debut mission in December 2017, the Boeing company has identified several exploration architectures that would be enabled by…

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SLS on track to CDR as engineers work though a baffling issue


As the Space Launch System (SLS) heads on to the path towards its Critical Design Review (CDR), engineers are close to mitigating an issue relating to the core stage’s slosh…

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Year in Review (Part III) – SLS development, mission possibilities take shape


2012: The year when the Space Launch System rocket began to take shape. For NASA, 2012 saw tremendous progress toward the development of the SLS rocket – the…