Posts Tagged ‘SLS’

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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…

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Pegasus barge completes refits for SLS transportation role


NASA’s veteran Pegasus barge – used to transport Space Shuttle External Tanks from Louisiana to Florida – has completed refit operations in Louisiana for its critical role in…

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ASAP evaluates status on SLS and Orion red risks


NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is continuing to make relatively good progress during its development path, according to the Agency’s key Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP). The latest status…

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RS-25 conducts sixth SLS Static Fire test


NASA has conduct another static fire test firing of RS-25 engine number 0525 on Thursday at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, continuing development and adaptation of the…

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USA set to adapt SLS for additional payloads


NASA is requesting industry proposals for a Universal Stage Adaptor (USA) that will provide options for additional payloads set to ride uphill on the Space Launch System (SLS)….

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RS-25 fired up to 109 percent during latest Static Fire test


The Stennis Space Center conducted the latest in a series of tests with RS-25 Engine 0525 on Friday, pushing the engine to its 109 percent limit during the 535-second…

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First SLS umbilical undergoing testing at the LETF


The Orion Service Module Umbilical (OSMU) has been installed on to the Launch Equipment Test Facility (LETF) at the Kennedy Space Center. The milestone marks the first umbilical to undergo…

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Orbital ATK agree deal for Orion LAS through to second SLS mission


Orbital ATK has signed a deal worth nearly $100m dollars to provide Orion’s Launch Abort System (LAS) through to the second mission for the Space Launch System (SLS)….

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NASA told to resolve SLS Upper Stage dilemma


NASA officials have admitted the interim Upper Stage for the Space Launch System is at the top of their “worry list”, as the Agency’s key advisory group insists…