SLS/Orion

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Installation of new flame deflector for SLS begins on 39B


Engineers have begun to install the new Flame Deflector into the Flame Trench of Pad 39B. Following the demolition of the legacy deflector that catered for the Space…

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SLS Upper Stage set to take up residence in the former home of ISS modules


The Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) is now deep into its latest phase of processing, as it prepares to be housed in the Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) – a…

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Orion deep in processing for EM-1, planning for following missions


As US Vice President Mike Pence visited the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), one of the welcoming party, the Orion crew module, is fast taking shape ahead of its…

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Solid production – Booster segments readying for opening SLS launches


Orbital ATK recently provided a peek at current production of Space Launch System (SLS) booster segments at their Promontory Propulsion Systems facility in Northern Utah. Work on the…

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NASA preparing letter to Congress to explain EM-1 slip


As NASA’s Exploration Systems Development (ESD) prepares for the upcoming review of its plans for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), program management is preparing to formally notify Congress of the…

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Qualifying the life saver – LAS set for two more tests ahead of EM-2


Following Orbital ATK successful test-firing of an Orion launch abort system (LAS) abort motor at their Promontory facility in Utah on June 15, two more qualification tests will…

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ASAP on board with NASA’s DSG as stepping stone to Mars


NASA’s major push towards building a new outpost near the Moon has received encouraging words from its key safety advisory body. NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) was…

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KSC’s historic Pad 39B laying the foundations for hosting big rockets


While most of the recent attention has been on its next door neighbor, Pad 39B is making good progress towards its new role in hosting the Space Launch…

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MAF in major push to bring SLS production back to full thrust


Impacted by significant disruptions in recent months, a wide range of assembly and production work for the Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage nevertheless continues at the Michoud…

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Testing the controller – RS-25 hot fire test for SLS


The RS-25 engine team has performed the latest hot-fire test in the A-1 test stand at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Tuesday. NASA, RS-25 prime contractor…

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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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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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Pegasus trip to Marshall for SLS engine section STA


As the facility continues repairs of tornado damaged infrastructure and looks to find workspace for displaced tenants, NASA, Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage prime contractor Boeing, and…

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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…

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SLC-41 completes EES installation ahead of Starliner missions


An Emergency Egress System (EES) has completed its installation into the Crew Access Tower (CAT) at Space Launch Complex -41 (SLC-41) in preparation for Atlas V launches with…

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RS-25 engine controller involved in static fire test at Stennis


NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and Syncom Space Services have conducted the first hot-fire test of a flight model RS-25 engine controller on Thursday afternoon. The eight-minute long test firing…

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SLS Upper Stage arrives at the Cape as the LETF tests its umbilicals


A major milestone in the build-up to the maiden launch of the Space Launch System has seen the arrival of the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) at Cape Canaveral….

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MAF recovering from tornado strike, aims to protect SLS critical path


While NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) continues to work through a recovery effort following last month’s tornado, Steve Doering, SLS Stages Element Manager, has provided a recent assessment…

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SpaceX to fly two private individuals on a Dragon 2 lunar mission


In a hastily arranged announcement, Elon Musk has revealed a plan to launch a Dragon 2 spacecraft on a circumlunar mission, with two paying customers. The launch, which will…

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RS-25 conducts test for SLS as team waits on new engine controllers


The RS-25 team has conducted the latest hot-fire test of development engine 0528 at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Wednesday. While the team continues to wait…