Space Launch System (SLS)

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 SEEKS INFORMATION FOR GATEWAY CARGO DELIVERY SERVICES

NASA will lead the development of the Gateway, a permanent spaceship orbiting the Moon, to serve as a home base for human and robotic missions to the surface of the Moon and ultimately, Mars. The first orbiting lunar laboratory will be a temporary home and office for astronauts for up to three months at a […]

PROVEN ENGINE PACKS BIG, IN-SPACE PUNCH FOR NASA’S SLS ROCKET

The thundering roar of a rocket leaving the launch pad is a familiar sight. Much less familiar is the job of the smaller upper stage engines that do their job mostly beyond eye and camera range, but give spacecraft the big, in-space push they need to venture into deep space. NASA’s new rocket, the Space […]

B-2 TEST STAND ON SCHEDULE FOR TESTING SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM CORE

A visit to the B-2 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center leaves no doubt – NASA’s return to deep-space missions is drawing closer by the day. And the days until the flight stage that will launch the return is tested at the site are fewer than one may realize. Before launching the new Space Launch […]

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 […]

THE PRESSURE IS ON FOR SLS HARDWARE IN UPCOMING TEST

Engineers are getting ready to put the pressure on hardware for the world’s most powerful rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System, as part of a rigorous test series to ensure each structure can withstand the incredible stresses of launch. “Not only is this series more cost effective by testing several qualification articles together, but it also […]

SUMMER OF TESTING CONCLUDES FOR NASA’S JOURNEY TO MARS

NASA and the agency’s industry team for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft are concluding a successful summer of testing in preparation for the first integrated flight. The uncrewed, three-week mission, currently designated Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), is scheduled for late 2018. During the mission, SLS will send Orion about 40,000 miles […]

PIECE BY PIECE: BUILDING SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM’S CORE STAGE

The largest rocket stage in the world is coming together piece by piece at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Large elements for NASA’s Space Launch System are in production and will be joined together to create the rocket’s 212-foot-tall core stage, the backbone of the SLS rocket. Why is NASA building the world’s […]

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 […]

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