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News Archive / Tagged: Human Space Flight

  • SLS structural test article arrives at Marshall

    Scott JohnsonMay 17th, 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — On May 15, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) core stage engine section structural test article (STA) arrived at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama. The STA will soon be placed in a test stand located in MSFC's Building 4619 and subjected to extreme loads to certify the section for flight.

  • Space Launch System (SLS) upper stage testing begins

    Scott JohnsonMay 8th, 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A series of structural qualification tests on the SLS Integrated Spacecraft and Payload Element – a test version of the SLS upper / "in-space" section – is underway at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The tests began on Feb. 22 and are expected to be completed by mid-May.

  • NASA’s human spaceflight plans come into focus with announcement of Deep Space Gateway

    Curt GodwinApril 1st, 2017

    With NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) well into development, the agency has finally laid out plans for the early missions of its super-heavy-lift rocket. After an initial shakedown flight for Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), the SLS will deliver components of what has been designated a "Deep Space Gateway" to lunar vicinity.

  • Trump: ‘American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream’

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 28th, 2017

    During President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress, he made a single reference to human space exploration. However, the Feb. 28, 2017, speech, which included a number of priority policy items, did not give any clue to any proposed direction the 45th U.S. president has in mind for NASA.

  • Space Launch System upper stage testing set to begin

    Scott JohnsonNovember 22nd, 2016

    Huntsville, Ala. — This past week, on Nov. 15, a test version of the Space Launch System's (SLS) Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) was moved to Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) historic West Test Area in preparation for early 2017 testing. SpaceFlight Insider was on hand at a media event following the move.

  • New photos emerge of SpaceX ITS LOX tank

    Scott JohnsonNovember 15th, 2016

    On Friday, Nov. 11, Reddit / Imgur user Death_Cog_Unit posted new photos of what is purported to be SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) – formerly Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) – liquid oxygen tank (LOX) being loaded / unloaded on a barge in Anacortes, Washington.

  • Orion heat shield arrives at Kennedy Space Center

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 22nd, 2016

    The titanium truss structure component (along with its composite "skin") of the Exploration Mission (EM) -1 Orion crew capsule heat shield has arrived at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. With this new portion of hardware in place, NASA is one step closer to conducting the maiden flight of the SLS rocket.

  • NASA’s EM-1 Orion spacecraft ready to ship to Florida

    Scott JohnsonJanuary 30th, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS, La. — On Jan. 26, NASA and Lockheed Martin hosted members of the media at the agency's MAF, to view the recently completed EM-1 Orion pressure vessel – the underlying structure on which all of the spacecraft’s systems and subsystems will be built and integrated.

  • NASA Administrator views progress of new Marshall Center test stand

    Scott JohnsonDecember 15th, 2015

    On Monday, Dec. 14, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, astronaut Butch Wilmore, members of the media and others gathered at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center to view progress on the new SLS core stage liquid hydrogen tank test stand.

  • NASA signs new Space Launch System engine contract

    Scott JohnsonNovember 26th, 2015

    On Monday, Nov. 23, NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) announced a $1.16 billion contract for Aerojet Rocketdyne to resume production of the RS-25 rocket engines that helped power NASA's Space Shuttle to orbit for 30 years.

  • 8th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium

    Scott JohnsonNovember 4th, 2015

    Last week, SpaceFlight Insider had the opportunity to attend the American Astronautical Society's (AAS) 8th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium at The University of Alabama, Huntsville.

  • George Mueller, ‘Father’ of the Space Shuttle, passes away

    Scott JohnsonOctober 18th, 2015

    Dr. George E. Mueller, the leader of NASA's human spaceflight programs in the 1960s, died of congestive heart failure on Monday, Oct. 12, at his home in Irvine, Cal. He was 97 and is survived by his second wife, Darla; two children from his first marriage, Jean Porter and Karen Hyvonen; two stepchildren, Wendy Schwartzman and Bill Schwartzman; 13 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

  • NASA names John Honeycutt new SLS Program Manager

    Scott JohnsonOctober 12th, 2015

    This past week, NASA named John Honeycutt as the manager for the U.S. space agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) Program. Honeycutt succeeds Todd May, who in August was promoted to deputy director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) located in Huntsville, Alabama.

  • RS-25 engine testing completed at NASA’s Stennis Space Center

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 1st, 2015

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have completed a series of tests on what was formerly known as the Space Shuttle Main Engine. These engines, dubbed the RS-25, are planned for use on NASA's new super heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System – or SLS.

  • Florida Today: State of Florida could take over management of SLF

    Jason RhianJune 15th, 2015

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — The three mile-long Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF ) at KSC could be managed by the State of Florida’s organization tasked with maintaining and growing the aerospace infrastructure in the Sunshine State. Florida Today’s James Dean detailed in a recent report how Space Florida plans to handle the iconic landing strip which, since 2011, […]