Posts Tagged ‘SRB’

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Dynetics and PWR aiming to liquidize SLS booster competition with F-1 power


One of the most famous rocket engines in history – the Apollo/Saturn’s F-1 – could one day fly again, providing Alabama company Dynetics, teamed with Pratt and Whitney…

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SLS Program pressing forward with engine heat shield design change


The Space Launch System (SLS) heat shields around its RS-25 engines will not follow the heritage of the Space Shuttle Program (SSP), following a decision to move away…

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One year on – Review notes superb performance of STS-135’s SRBs


One year to the day since Atlantis launched on her final mission, the exceptional performance by the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) – which aided STS-135’s ride uphill during first…

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ATK announce Liberty KSC test flights, reveal crew spacecraft with MLAS


In a wide-ranging release of information, ATK have announced what is their complete crew transportation system. With the previously announced Liberty launch vehicle as the foundation, the company…

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ATK and NASA ground test their SLS-bound five segment motor


NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) have conducted a full-scale test of a five-segment solid rocket motor – designated Development Motor-3 (DM-3) – at their test facility in…

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Preliminary NASA plan shows Evolved SLS vehicle is 21 years away


A new schedule, created by NASA, has provided a “preliminary, budget restricted” manifest which places the first flight of the fully evolved Space Launch System (SLS) in the…

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STS-134 IFA Review: SRBs and RSRMs Perform Admirably


A critical step in the process of clearing STS-135/Atlantis and her systems for flight has been completed in the form of the In-Flight Anomaly Review (IFA Review) for…

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Managers preparing for July 8 SLS announcement after SD HLV victory


Following an intense week of executive level reviews, a decision has been made on the configuration for NASA’s new launch vehicle. With NASA administrator Charlie Bolden agreeing to…

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SLS configuration nears decision point – Two-phase approach rejected


A decision on the configuration of the Space Launch System (SLS) Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (HLV) is just weeks away, as final evaluations take place into a “staged…

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STS-133: Agency FRR approval for Nov. 1 launch date – SRB review


The Agency Flight Readiness Review (FRR) has concluded by approving November 1 as the launch date for STS-133. The decision came after a smooth review process, aided by…

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ATK conduct DM-2 test – Inline SD HLV gaining NASA support


Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and NASA have tested the second fully developed “Ares” five-segment solid rocket motor, known as Development Motor-2 (DM-2), at their Utah test facility on Tuesday….

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Boosters providing solid swansong – STS-132 IFA notes excellent performance


As the era of large Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) for NASA launch vehicles appears to be drawing to a close, the performance of STS-132’s booster set was recorded…

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STS-132 begins countdown – Exceptional STS-131 SRB/RSRM performance


As the countdown begins for STS-132, mission managers are continuing to review the status of Atlantis’ hardware, using the baseline of the Flight Readiness Reviews (FRRs). In particular,…

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STS-131: SRB flight rationale gained following gyro test failure


With Discovery’s payload now installed into the orbiter’s Payload Bay, all eyes are on Friday’s Agency Flight Readiness Review (FRR). Several items of interest are under review, all…

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Shuttle Boosters to sport APU fuel pump safety redesign from STS-134


A redesign to the Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) Thrust Vector Control (TVC) Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) fuel pump will be implemented on STS-134 and STS-133 – currently the…

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Shuttle Program assesses SRB and RSRM Readiness for STS-130


With just under one week to go before the opening launch attempt for Space Shuttle Endeavour and the STS-130 crew, the Flight Readiness Reviews (FRR) have thoroughly reviewed…

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IFA Review reveals solid performance of STS-129 SRBs and Main Engines


Capping off a highly successful year for the Space Shuttle Program, the STS-129 flight of Atlantis last month has undergone its final, official post-flight assessment: the all-important In-Flight…

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ATK class STS-129 booster motor performance as excellent


Shuttle managers have concluded the key review of STS-129’s mission, in turn providing a baseline for STS-130’s Flight Readiness Reviews (FRRs). The STS-129 IFA (In Flight Anomaly) review…

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Ares I-X launches – managers claim successful test flight


Ares I-X has launched on the second attempt at 11:30am Eastern, and although the First Stage and the Upper Stage Simulator (USS) appeared to recontact after separation (later confirmed that…

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STS-128 confirmed for August 25 – RSRM and SRB performance reviewed


With STS-128 and Discovery officially cleared by the SOMD (Space Operations Mission Directorate) FRR for an opening launch attempt on Tuesday, August 25 at 1:36A.M. EDT, NASA’s ongoing…