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NASA will not put a crew on EM-1, cites cost – not safety – as main reason


In what is a highly welcomed, if not somewhat surprising decision, NASA has officially announced that they will not place a crew onboard the first SLS flight, the EM-1…

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Software and Service Module cited as main critical paths to EM-1 launch date


A top level overview at NASA’s Advisory Council (NAC) has shown most of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft flows are on track for a 2018…

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Orbital ATK reviews SRB plans and competitiveness for SLS EM-1 and beyond


With booster casting operations for SLS’s EM-1 mission well underway at Orbital ATK’s manufacturing facility in Utah, the company is looking ahead in terms of how the boosters’…

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Orbital ATK prepares for final casting of SLS EM-1 flight SRBs


Following the highly successful test firing of the Qualification Motor 2 (QM-2) at their proving grounds near Promontory, Utah, Orbital ATK is preparing for the second half of…

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SLS ML revamp after EM-1 included Europa mission considerations


With work continuing on a lengthy project to convert the Mobile Launcher (ML) for use with the Space Launch System (SLS), a NASA manager has spoken about the…

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Orion’s heat shield arrives at Kennedy for EM-1 mission preparations


Lockheed Martin has delivered the Orion crew vehicle’s heat shield for the upcoming EM-1 test flight to the Kennedy Space Center from its manufacturing facility in Denver, Colorado….

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NASA Lunar Imaging CubeSat – SkyFire – to ride with EM-1


NASA’s aim to provide a ride to numerous secondary payloads on the debut mission for the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion has resulted in Lockheed Martin signing…

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SLS Mission Trajectory – Mike Sarafin outlines the ride uphill for EM-1


NASA managers are closing in on a mission trajectory plan for the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that is set to debut in 2018. Mike Sarafin, NASA’s mission…

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EM-1 Orion pressure vessel arrives at KSC


One of the major milestones for Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) was completed on Monday with the arrival of Orion’s Pressure Vessel at the launch site. The capsule hardware…

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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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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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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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EM-1 Orion begins assembly as CDR process continues


The Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) Orion is now being welded together at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans ahead of its 2018 flight with the maiden…

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Plum Brook prepped for EM-1 Orion Service Module testing


Testing of Orion’s Service Module will be conducted at NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station this year in preparation for Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1). The Service Module is being…

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EM-1 Orion crew module set for first weld milestone in May


The historic “first weld” of the Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) Orion is set to take place on May 1 at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans….

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Evolving plans: No human rating for ICPS for SLS EM-1 mission


With SLS on track to make its debut launch in December 2017 from Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, NASA continues its efforts to refine the…

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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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Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket set for inaugural flight from New Zealand


The U.S.-based Rocket Lab corporation is set to enter the commercial launch market with the maiden flight of its Electron rocket.  The small-scale launcher will cater to the…

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SLS Core Stage team recovering from consequences of weld pin change


NASA and Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage prime contractor Boeing recently resumed welding elements for the launch vehicle’s first flight after a technical issue suspended welding last…

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NASA finally sets goals, missions for SLS – eyes multi-step plan to Mars


After years without concrete missions beyond the current EM-2 test flight, NASA has finally unveiled a plan for multiple missions of its SLS rocket.  The plan would see…