Posts Tagged ‘EM-2’

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SLS EM-1 & -2 launch dates realign; EM-3 gains notional mission outline


Following a series of issues over the last year with the Core Stage for the first flight of the Space Launch System rocket, the launch dates for both…

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Piecing together NASA’s crewed Deep Space spacecraft


The first Orion spacecraft that will be capable of transporting NASA astronauts into deep space is now being constructed. Although it won’t launch until 2022 at the earliest,…

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Orion STA undergoing pre-mission testing in Denver


With all the structural test articles (STA) of the Orion spacecraft at prime contractor Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems facility in the Denver area, work is underway to qualify…

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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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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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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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Investigating the potential of including a crew on the maiden flight of SLS


With NASA’s management officially informing the workforce that evaluations are taking place into installing a crew on to the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS), the…

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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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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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SLS critical flight paths refined for 2018 debut; thrust profiles updated


NASA’s Exploration Systems Development office has completed its review of progress to date as well as forward path activity on the development of the Space Launch System (SLS)…

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NASA attempting to put the “meat on the bones” on its Mars plan


NASA managers have told the Agency’s safety oversight board that they are continuing to put together the plan for Mars missions while warning the nation is now heavily…

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MSFC propose Aerojet Rocketdyne supply EUS engines


The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has issued a “Justification for Other Than Full and Open Competition (JOFOC)” solicitation in support of sole sourcing RL10 engines for the…

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ASAP concerned NASA is taking risks to meet Orion schedule


NASA’s key advisory body has warned the agency that schedule pressure, in combination with cost pressure, is causing compromises that carry additional risk. Focusing on the Orion spacecraft,…

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NASA examines options and flight paths for SLS EM-2 mission


As NASA and its contracted partner agencies press forward toward the debut launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket in 2018, the U.S. space agency is beginning…

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NASA moves to enforce early switch to EUS for SLS


NASA managers have placed a “stop work order” in relation to the human-rating of the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (lCPS) for the Space Launch System (SLS). The stage,…

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Asteroid Redirect Mission to lay the technology foundations for deep space


In the face of political uncertainty and public apathy, NASA is beginning to push the case for the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The points of the Agency’s latest overview…

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SLS manifest targets Europa and Mars Sample Return missions


NASA is moving up a gear with its manifest planning for the Space Launch System (SLS). A new internal manifest portrays a tag team approach, alternating SLS between…

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EFT-1 to boost ATK Launch Abort System test path


ATK’s Launch Abort System (LAS) – a key element for crew safety during the ride uphill on the Space Launch System and Orion – continues to make good…

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NASA lines up Exploration Upper Stage workhorse for SLS


The powerful Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) has taken another step forward, following NASA’s request to industry to provide evaluations and costings into engine options. Four engines are expected…