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News Archive / Tagged: Space Launch System

  • NASA Exploration Mission-1 managing current challenges, but launch could slip to 2020

    Bart LeahyNovember 9th, 2017

    On November 8, 2017, NASA released an update following a schedule review of Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft to the Moon.

  • Mobile Launcher work moves forward with installation of umbilicals and arrival of crew access arm

    Curt GodwinNovember 6th, 2017

    Though the maiden launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is still, at the earliest, more than two years away, work on the large rocket's Mobile Launcher (ML) moves forward in support of the first flight of the agency's next crew-rated launch vehicle.

  • Recent RS-25 test places SLS one step closer to flight

    Ocean McIntyreOctober 26th, 2017

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne carried out another 500-second test of an RS-25 rocket engine on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the space agency's Stennis Space Center located in Mississippi. The RS-25 engine E2063 test-fired during last week's review is planned for use on the second flight of NASA's new super-heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), which will be Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2).

  • Major core stage hardware completed for first SLS flight

    Heather SmithOctober 4th, 2017

    NASA has completed major work for all five parts of the core stage for the first flight of the massive Space Launch System (SLS). Additionally, manufacturing has been completed for all four core stage test articles with evaluation underway on the engine section structural test article at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

  • Insider Exclusive: The people and parts of NASA’s EM-1 mission

    Jason RhianOctober 1st, 2017

    PROMONTORY, Utah — NASA is eyeing a 2019 launch for its new super-heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft. While some of the systems are so-called legacy hardware, they have never been flown in this configuration without a side-mounted shuttle and with a mandate to take crews far beyond low-Earth orbit. For each mission, NASA is not only relying on the parts to guarantee its astronauts travel safely to these distant destinations but also people who work every day to ensure these components are as reliable as possible.

  • Boosters for NASA’s Space Launch System complete avionics test

    Lloyd CampbellSeptember 7th, 2017

    The solid rocket boosters that will power NASA's new Space Launch System super-heavy-lift rocket away from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39B took another step toward flight today when Orbital ATK announced that the avionics system which will control the new boosters has completed its qualification testing.

  • NASA conducts 5th test of RS-25 engine flight controller unit

    Heather SmithSeptember 1st, 2017

    The final test of the RS-25 engine for the new Space Launch System (SLS) took place on August 30, 2017, at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The 500-second hot-fire test is the fifth of the RS-25 engine flight controller unit on the A-1 test stand.

  • NASA’s EM-1 Orion powers up for the first time

    Bart LeahyAugust 24th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA and Lockheed Martin powered up the computer systems of the Orion spacecraft for the first time last week at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at the Kennedy Space Center. The uncrewed spacecraft will fly atop the Space Launch System (SLS) on Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) in 2019.

  • Orion update: Lighting the fire of awareness – Part 2

    Jason RhianAugust 22nd, 2017

    When it comes to inspiring people about the U.S.' efforts to explore the deep reaches of the Solar System, few people can inspire like an astronaut. SpaceFlight Insider spoke with NASA astronaut Lee Morin about what the space agency had him doing to provide not just an understanding of space but also excitement for what it awaits.

  • Orion update: Lighting the fire of awareness – Part 1

    Jason RhianAugust 21st, 2017

    Officials with NASA sat down with SpaceFlight Insider to discuss the current status of the Orion program, which evolved into discussions on how the space agency is working to spread the word about the new crew-rated capsule as well as the ties that the program has with past efforts—and more.

  • RS-25 engine flight controller completes 500-second test

    Scott JohnsonAugust 10th, 2017

    On Wednesday, August 9, NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne conducted a 500-second test of an RS-25 developmental engine at the agency's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The test was used to validate the fourth upgraded engine controller required for the first flight of the Space Launch System.

  • SLS ‘racing stripes’ replaced with photogrammetry targets

    Heather SmithAugust 8th, 2017

    Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK has cast ten solid rocket booster (SRB) segments for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Four of those segments have been completed at the company's facilities in Promontory, Utah, and painted with photogrammetric markings. Two five-segment boosters will be used to help power the super-heavy-lift vehicle into orbit as early as 2019 – but what happened to the rocket's "racing stripes"?

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne tests third SLS engine controller

    Bart LeahyJuly 27th, 2017

    Propulsion hardware testing for NASA’s SLS rocket continues at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Aerojet Rocketdyne just completed its third 500-second test of the controller unit for the RS-25 main engine on July 25.

  • Super Guppy transports SLS test hardware from Marshall

    Scott JohnsonJuly 14th, 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA's Super Guppy aircraft made an appearance in Huntsville earlier this week at the Redstone Arsenal airfield, adjacent to the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). The aircraft was in town to retrieve the MSFC-manufactured Space Launch System Orion Stage Adapter structural test article and transport the hardware to Lockheed Martin's facilities in Colorado.

  • Problems aside, NASA moves toward SLS structural testing at Marshall

    Christopher PaulJuly 5th, 2017

    Moving beyond a site selection controversy and production problems that caused headlines in May, NASA is working to complete a Space Launch System (SLS) structural test article at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in Louisiana.