SLS/Orion

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US Navy Eightballers to monitor EFT-1 Orion’s return


The United States Navy are deep into preparations for supporting the key test milestones for NASA’s Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) mission. The Navy are involved both on…

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SPMT: Providing transport to SLS core stages


NASA teams are finalizing the details on the Self Propelled Module Transporter (SPMT) that will allow for Space Launch System Structural Test Articles (STAs) and the Integrated Core Stage…

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Heat Shield for EFT-1 Orion arrives at KSC


The processing flow is heating up for the first Orion set to launch into space, as key elements of the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) mission arrive for…

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New SLS mission options explored via new Large Upper Stage


As NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket continues toward its initial debut in 2017, a Boeing proposal for a new Large Upper Stage for the rocket would see…

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Examining Buzz Aldrin’s roadmap to Mars


Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin recently released “A Unified Space Vision,” his personal plan for humankind’s next two decades in space. Blending elements from today’s space flight reality with…

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SLS upper stage proposals reveal increasing payload-to-destination options


With less than a year to go before the inaugural flight of NASA’s Orion crew capsule and just over four years until the debut of the SLS rocket…

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Piecing together and blowing apart – EFT-1 Orion progress


NASA’s Orion spacecraft is deep into the business end of its preparations for the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) next year, with associated hardware providing a glimpse into…

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ATK reach another milestone in SLS advanced booster drive


ATK announced they successfully completed the filament winding of a pathfinder Advanced Booster composite case. The milestone is part of their commitment to the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Advanced Booster…

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EFT-1 Orion comes to life via first power up


The Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion has been powered up for the first time ahead of its launch next summer. The test – conducted inside the Operations and…

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Industry leaders claim SLS capability could create new missions


Leaders of several major space industry companies have claimed that the unrivalled capability of the Space Launch System (SLS) may create a demand for additional missions, that will…

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NASA Con Ops Assess Baseline Features for SLS/Orion Mission to Mars


More clues into NASA’s long term goal of sending humans to Mars have been provided in the latest revision of the Space Launch System (SLS) Concept of Operations…

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Mobile Launcher major modifications to begin for SLS


The former Ares I Mobile Launcher (ML) will soon begin major modification work – pending the status of the government shutdown – ahead of its role with the Space…

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Wind Tunnel tests evaluating environmental conditions for SLS


The various configurations of the Space Launch System (SLS) are continuing their wind tunnel testing at various locations around the United States. One team is focusing on how…

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Stennis preparing to throttle up SLS engine testing


NASA’s Stennis Space Center is deep into preparations for numerous engine testing for the Space Launch System (SLS), ranging from the old, the new and the miniature. Continued…

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NASA managers evaluate yearlong deep space asteroid mission


On track for their respective debuts, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion feature front and center in one of NASA’s latest evaluations for a mission to a…

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ATK/NASA investigating void issue in SLS test motor segment


Experts from ATK and NASA are investigating the cause of voids in the aft segment of the next test motor for the Space Launch System (SLS). Known as…

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Orion may require 30 hour orbital checkout prior to TLI


NASA teams are exploring the possibility of launching Orion into a High Elliptical Orbit (HEO), where the spacecraft will remain “parked” for 30 hours. The move – that…

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MCC-21: New look for Shuttle FCR ahead of future missions


The historic Shuttle Flight Control Room (FCR) has a new, futuristic look. Upgraded from its honorable service with the Space Shuttle, the famous room – now transitioning into…

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Orion rallying call as EFT-1 closes in on T-12 months


NASA brought out the big guns this week to rally the Orion workforce with an address aimed at highlighting the “huge amount of progress” that has been made…

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Dual SLS launch campaign required for NASA’s Lunar return


A return to the surface of the Moon would require two Space Launch System (SLS) rockets launching over half a year apart, with a four person crew being…