Posts Tagged ‘SLS’

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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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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…

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New SLS test stands rise out of the ground at Marshall


Two new test stands are being constructed at the Marshall Space Flight Center, ready to “stress out” the Space Launch System (SLS). Test Stand 4697 and 4693 are both…

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NASA identifies secondary payloads for SLS’s EM-1 mission


As NASA continues to progress toward the debut flight of SLS in 2018, the agency is now examining additional secondary payloads to fly on the EM-1 mission. These…

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VAB receiving fire suppression system upgrades


Kennedy Space Center’s iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) is continuing its preparations to host the Space Launch System (SLS) and commercial rockets, with modifications from the ground up….

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Road to EM-1: NASA outlines hardware milestones to SLS debut flight


With approximately three years to go before the inaugural flight of the Space Launch System rocket, NASA has developed the integrated mission milestone processing flow for the EM-1 flight. The flow, which…

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NASA makes great strides as SLS milestones converge for debut flight


NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is progressing through several critical construction milestones in the final part of 2015.  As various aspects of the SLS Program converge, the massive Heavily…

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Robotic missions aid in-situ resource identification for human Mars missions


The draw of mounting a human mission to Mars has held the public’s attention since telescopic observations of the red planet began centuries ago. With the recent discovery…

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Orbital ATK ramps up Booster production for SLS maiden flight


Orbital ATK is making steady progress on the production of the twin Solid Rocket Boosters that will power NASA’s SLS heavy lift rocket on its maiden voyage in…

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Orbital ATK prepares for QM-2 test of SLS Solid Rocket Booster in spring 2016


As work progresses around the country toward the debut of NASA’s SLS rocket in 2018, Orbital ATK is preparing for the final qualification test of the five segment Solid…

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Canaveral and KSC pads: New designs for space access


For the past several years, the historic launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, have undergone sweeping changes as the conclusion of the Space Shuttle program brought…

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EM-1: MAF gearing up for SLS Core Stage production


NASA and Boeing are ramping up their preparations to begin full-scale production of the first Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage assembly. The schedule calls for the completion…

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NASA considers SLS launch sequence for human Mars missions in the 2030s


As NASA continues to develop their plans for delivering humans to the Martian system in the 2030s, a Technical Interchange Meeting has outlined two potential hardware launch sequence options…

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SLS manifest options aim for Phobos prior to 2039 Mars landing


As NASA continues to mature a mission and support architecture path toward its much heralded endeavor of landing humans on Mars, the agency’s under-development heavy lift SLS rocket now stands…

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Stennis completes first SLS RS-25 test series, prepares next engine


A former Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME), that never gained the honor of pushing a Space Shuttle into orbit, has completed an important role that is part of…