Posts Tagged ‘SLS’

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VAB preparing for key role during SLS processing flow


The iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the world famous Kennedy Space Center (KSC) may have fallen silent over recent years, but behind the scenes teams are working…

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SLS positioning for ARRM and Europa missions


Space Launch System (SLS) managers are conducting a feasibility study into the use of a 5.4 meter payload fairing, with a view to enabling the use of the…

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Creating capability foundations for NASA’s exploration roadmap


NASA managers have created new mandates for future exploration systems, as the Agency continues to refine a capability-driven approach to its exploration aspirations. Working in tandem with NASA’s…

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Lawmakers discuss potential Mars flyby mission in 2021


Experts and lawmakers reviewed an alternative plan for Orion’s first crewed mission into deep space on Thursday, claiming a Mars flyby mission in 2021 could be viable. The…

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ASAP claim NASA is employing indecision to allow for roadmap flexibility


Concerns have again been raised about NASA’s shaky exploration roadmap, with the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) claiming the Agency has elected to go down the “indecision-is-the-key-to-flexibility” path. Although only…

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SLS launch rate requires repetitive cadence – Gerstenmaier


NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will launch at least once per year, as a “necessary” requirement, according to Bill Gerstenmaier. NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations recently addressed…

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RS-25 Second Life: SLS Core Stage engine set for summer testing


The RS-25 – the engine that enjoyed a hugely successful career with the Space Shuttle fleet – is set to begin its new life with the Space Launch…

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Affordable habitats means more Buck Rogers for less money says Bigelow


Robert Bigelow, founder and President of Bigelow Aerospace, believes that cost effective habitats and transportation systems are key to America’s space explorations ambitions throughout the solar system. In…

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CT-2: Super Crawler taken for a test drive at KSC


Crawler Transporter -2 (CT-2) is enjoying a spin around the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) block, as engineers test the latest upgrades ahead of its role carrying the Space…

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SMAT fires up to open SLS acoustic testing


The Scale Model Acoustic Test (SMAT) – a mini-me version of the SLS – has fired up for the first time at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)….

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Praise for the MAF transition ahead of SLS production


NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden gained a close up and personal look at the ever-changing face of the famous Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) on Monday. The former birthplace of…

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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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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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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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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…