Posts Tagged ‘SLS’

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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…

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Stennis fires up RS-25 engine as Shuttle veterans prepare for SLS role


With three years to go until the debut launch of the Space Launch System (SLS), RS-25 engine E0525 conducted its third SLS-related firing this week, part of a…

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Stennis fires up RS-25 engine for full duration test


The second test firing of RS-25 engine 0525 has taken place at the A-1 Test Stand at the Stennis Space Center. The developmental engine – that never got…

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NASA selects science instruments for proposed Europa mission


NASA has selected nine out of 33 proposed instruments for inclusion in a proposed mission to the tantalizing Jovian moon known as Europa. With a primary goal of…

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Working the paper trail – SLS team processing thousands of CDR documents


The Critical Design Review (CDR) for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is underway, with managers and engineers wading through huge piles of documentation. The process is expected to…

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QM-1 examinations boost as QM-2 prepares for casting


Orbital ATK engineers have concluded a thorough examination of the Qualification Motor -1 (QM-1) following its Static Fire test in March. The motor performed as expected, providing a…