Posts Tagged ‘SLS’

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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…

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Stennis preparing to throttle up SLS engine testing


NASA’s Stennis Space Center is deep into preparations for numerous engine testing for the Space Launch System (SLS), ranging from the old, the new and the miniature. Continued…

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NASA managers evaluate yearlong deep space asteroid mission


On track for their respective debuts, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion feature front and center in one of NASA’s latest evaluations for a mission to a…

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ATK/NASA investigating void issue in SLS test motor segment


Experts from ATK and NASA are investigating the cause of voids in the aft segment of the next test motor for the Space Launch System (SLS). Known as…

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Orion may require 30 hour orbital checkout prior to TLI


NASA teams are exploring the possibility of launching Orion into a High Elliptical Orbit (HEO), where the spacecraft will remain “parked” for 30 hours. The move – that…

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Dual SLS launch campaign required for NASA’s Lunar return


A return to the surface of the Moon would require two Space Launch System (SLS) rockets launching over half a year apart, with a four person crew being…

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SLS completes PDR – Monster Rocket looking for science missions


As expected, the Space Launch System (SLS) successfully passed the major milestone of the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) this week, allowing it to move further towards the implementation…

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SLS on track for successful PDR conclusion


The Space Launch System (SLS) is expected to pass its Preliminary Design Review (PDR) when the NASA Board meets on July 31. All “Element Level” PDRs have now…

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Brains of the SLS – Flight Computer enters build phase


One of the key technologies on NASA’s new monster rocket, a small box of tricks known as the Flight Computer, is making good process during its developmental phase….

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EM-1: NASA managers request ambitious changes to debut SLS/Orion mission


Just months after changing Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2) into an asteroid rendezvous mission, NASA managers have issued a Change Request to alter the debut flight of the Space…

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Pad 39B: In the trenches with SLS launch pad modifications


Major pad modification work is continuing to take place at Pad 39B, ahead of hosting the Space Launch System (SLS) for its debut launch in 2017. With the…

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SLS: MAF receiving extraordinary machinery for the exploration rocket


An array of huge machinery is being installed at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF), as the famous New Orleans plant prepares to begin construction of the Space Launch…

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NASA Authorization Act pushes for Moon and Mars priority


The House Science space subcommittee’s 2013 Authorization Act intends to refocus NASA’s exploration path towards prioritizing the goal of landing humans on both the Moon and Mars, according…

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The engines that refused to retire – RS-25s prepare for SLS testing


Following a 30 year career with the Space Shuttle Program, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s RS-25 engines are now preparing for their next role, with the Space Launch System…

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NASA looks to Kourou for SLS ground ops streamlining ideas


As development of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket continues, NASA is looking to its international partners for inspiration and lessons learned. Specifically, the agency sent a team…