Posts Tagged ‘SLS’

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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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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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SLS manifest targets Europa and Mars Sample Return missions


NASA is moving up a gear with its manifest planning for the Space Launch System (SLS). A new internal manifest portrays a tag team approach, alternating SLS between…

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EFT-1 to boost ATK Launch Abort System test path


ATK’s Launch Abort System (LAS) – a key element for crew safety during the ride uphill on the Space Launch System and Orion – continues to make good…

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NASA lines up Exploration Upper Stage workhorse for SLS


The powerful Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) has taken another step forward, following NASA’s request to industry to provide evaluations and costings into engine options. Four engines are expected…

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KSC continuing its spaceport transition for the new era


It’s been over three years since the world famous Kennedy Space Center (KSC) last felt the rumble of a launch from within its grounds. However, the spaceport hasn’t fallen…

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SLS engine testing delayed due to test stand contamination


The return of RS-25 engine testing at the Stennis Space Center has been delayed, following the discovery of a contamination issue involving cloth fibers inside the A-1 test…

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ATK making progress on SRB propellant void issue


A year after discovering small voids between the solid propellant and the outer casing of the aft segment of a test motor for the massive 5-segment SRBs for NASA’s upcoming…

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Michoud proudly reveal monster welder for SLS cores


The Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) is continuing its lengthy transition towards its new flagship role, marked by ribbon cutting event on Friday for a huge tool that will…