Testing

STRATOLAUNCH COMPLETES HISTORIC FIRST FLIGHT OF AIRCRAFT

Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by Paul G. Allen, has successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft, the Stratolaunch. With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight at 0658 PDT from the Mojave Air & Space Port. Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour, the plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet. As […]

NASA, BOEING EXTEND CREW FLIGHT TEST, UPDATE TARGET LAUNCH DATES

NASA and Boeing have agreed to extend the duration of the company’s first crewed flight test to the International Space Station after completing an in-depth technical assessment of the CST-100 Starliner systems. NASA found the long-duration flight to be technically feasible and in the best interest of the agency’s needs to ensure continued access and […]

ULA AND BOEING CONDUCT MOCK COUNTDOWN FOR CST-100 MISSION

The joint team that will launch the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner on its Orbital Test Flight conducted a successful Integrated Crew Exercise (ICE) on February 12. ULA, Boeing, NASA and Air Force personnel executed a mock countdown that practiced fueling the rocket and operating on the unique launch day […]

VIRGIN ORBIT COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL CAPTIVE CARRY TEST FLIGHT WITH “FLYING LAUNCHPAD”

A new sight appeared in the baby-blue skies over Southern California: A specially modified 747-400 carrying a 70-foot-long rocket under its wing soared through the air as part of a successful test flight for Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne. Sir Richard Branson’s small satellite launch company completed a flawless test flight, proving that its carbon-fiber two-stage rocket […]

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 […]

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 […]

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