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NASA ACCELERATES PACE OF CORE STAGE PRODUCTION WITH NEW TOOL

The boat-tail structure, a fairing-like cover designed to protect the bottom end of the core stage and the RS-25 engines, has been joined to one of the most complicated and intricate parts of NASA’s Space Launch System, the engine section. The engine section comprises the lowest portion of the massive core stage of the deep […]

NASA’S DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION SYSTEM IS COMING TOGETHER

NASA will soon return humans to the Moon for decades to come, and the system that will transport astronauts from Earth to the Gateway near the Moon is literally coming together. Building on progress in 2018, most of the major manufacturing for the first mission is complete, and this year, teams will focus on final […]

NASA SHAKES UP ORION TEST ARTICLE FOR THE JOURNEY TO MARS

Engineers at NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio recently finished a series of tests on a full-size test version of Orion’s service module to verify that it can withstand the vibrations it will experience when it launches and travels into space atop the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The 13-ton service module is […]

NASA BEGINS TESTS TO QUALIFY ORION PARACHUTES FOR MISSION WITH CREW

NASA successfully kicked off a series of tests September 30 to qualify Orion’s parachute system for flights with astronauts, a milestone that will help the agency safely return crew to Earth from deep-space missions. In the skies above the Arizona desert, a C-17 aircraft dropped a dart-shaped test article out of its cargo bay from […]

SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS EVALUATE ORION RADIATION PROTECTION PLAN

When astronauts in Orion venture far beyond Earth into deep space, they will expand humanity’s frontier and push the boundaries of exploration. While the spacecraft is designed with systems and materials to keep the crew safe during their journey, leaving the protection of Earth’s magnetosphere exposes astronauts to a radiation environment in space that scientists […]

NASA TESTS NEW INSULATION FOR SLS ROCKET

You may not think about insulation much, but it’s one of those unsung industry heroes that keeps our drinks cold and homes warm on those bone-chilling winter days. Insulation also is a key component to protecting NASA’s Space Launch System and its super-cold fuels for the journey to Mars. Different types of cryogenic foam – […]

ORION CREW MODULE REACHES MILESTONE IN PROCESSING FOR FIRST TEST FLIGHT

Assembly of the Orion crew module for the first uncrewed flight test atop NASA’s Space Launch System reached a significant milestone this month in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Lockheed Martin, manufacturer of Orion, and its subcontractor engineers, technicians and X-ray specialists completed […]

ORION JETTISON MOTOR FIRES TO ENSURE CREW SAFETY FOR THE JOURNEY TO MARS

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., successfully tested its third development jettison motor for NASA’s Orion spacecraft at its facility in Rancho Cordova, California. Orion is being built to take humans farther into space than ever before, and the jettison motor is a critical element for ensuring astronaut safety. Leaders from NASA […]

CHARLIE BLACKWELL-THOMPSON NAMED LAUNCH DIRECTOR FOR SLS/ORION

February 1, 2016 – The first flight of a Space Launch System (SLS) rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft on an uncrewed mission to lunar orbit and back now has its launch director. Veteran spaceflight engineer Charlie Blackwell-Thompson will helm the launch team at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the first flight test of […]

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