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News Archive / Tagged: Space Launch System

  • First major piece of NASA’s Space Launch System assembled

    Lloyd CampbellAugust 5th, 2018

    NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) has completed a major milestone with the first major piece of the rocket's core stage being fully assembled and ready for integration into other hardware in advance of the vehicle’s first test flight—Exploration Mission-1.

  • NASA performs another test of Orion’s parachute system

    Derek RichardsonJuly 21st, 2018

    Last week, NASA tested the parachute system for the space agency’s Orion spacecraft, which is being designed to send astronauts into deep space in the 2020s.

  • Jettison Motor readied for integration into Orion’s LAS

    Jason RhianJuly 17th, 2018

    NASA and the agency's commercial partners have been preparing for the Orion spacecraft's Ascent Abort Test (AA-2) currently slated to take place in 2019. Aerojet Rocketdyne's jettison motor is a critical part of this test and is being prepped for use.

  • Lockheed Martin 3D prints fuel tank components

    Heather SmithJuly 13th, 2018

    Lockheed Martin has announced the creation of a 3-D printed titanium dome for satellite fuel tanks. The 46-inch diameter vessel completed final rounds of quality testing this month. The program was instituted to create a high-pressure tank that can carry fuel on board satellites and marks a significant step toward streamlining the deployment of spacecraft on orbit.

  • NASA tests solar sail for Exploration Mission 1’S NEA Scout

    Jim SharkeyJuly 5th, 2018

    On June 28, 2018 NASA conducted a successful deployment test of the solar sail for the space agency's Near-Earth Asteroid Scout (NEA Scout) CubeSat mission. NEA Scout is a small satellite designed to study asteroids close to the Earth and is scheduled to launch on Exploratory Mission-1 (EM-1). The test was conducted inside a clean room at the NeXolve facility in Huntsville, Alabama. 

  • As SLS’s Block 1 design matures, its capabilities come into clearer focus

    Curt GodwinMay 10th, 2018

    The Block 1 version of NASA's Space Launch System - could make more than one flight and be used for some big missions on the agency's manifest.

  • ICPS umbilical installed on SLS mobile launcher

    Collin SkocikApril 3rd, 2018

    The road to the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) took another step forward March 21, 2018, when one of the last of the big swing arms was installed on the mobile launcher at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

  • SLS one step closer to flight with successful completion of USA design review

    Heather SmithMarch 21st, 2018

    Dynetics has announced the completion of the universal stage adapter's (USA) preliminary design review for NASA’s new SLS rocket designed to send humans to the Moon and possible Mars. The adapter is critical for carrying additional cargo during Exploration Mission 2, the first planned crewed flight of SLS and NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

  • International agencies open deep-space operating standards for public comment

    Bart LeahyMarch 7th, 2018

    On March 1, NASA, ESA, and the other partnering International Space Station agencies opened their joint International Deep Space Interoperability Standards for public comment. The documents could further global cooperation on crewed space exploration efforts beyond Earth orbit by setting common standards for projects like NASA’s planned Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway.

  • Acting Administrator talks FY2019 NASA budget at Marshall

    Scott JohnsonFebruary 14th, 2018

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- On Monday, February 12, the Trump administration released its 2019 fiscal year (FY19) budget request. NASA, via a presentation by its Acting Administrator, Robert Lightfoot, at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) highlighted NASA portions of the request.

  • RS-25 completes successful second test fire of 2018

    Collin SkocikFebruary 1st, 2018

    On Feb. 1, 2018, a team of engineers at NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne and Syncom Space Services engineers and operators test-fired the RS-25 engine conducted a test firing at the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne starts off a busy 2018 with hot fire of RS-25 engine

    Lloyd CampbellJanuary 17th, 2018

    NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne conducted another successful test firing of the Space Launch System’s core stage main engine, the RS-25, on Jan 16 2018.

  • SLS launch pad undergoes water tests in preparation for EM-1

    Jason RhianDecember 21st, 2017

    NASA conducted a wet flow test at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39B on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. The test helped validate a system designed to protect NASA's new super-heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. It also served to confirm it is ready to support the launch vehicle's first flight, Exploration Mission 1, currently slated to take place in 2019.

  • Insider Exclusive: America’s ‘Booster Belt’ Part Three (conclusion) – Marshall

    Jason RhianNovember 24th, 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- We were headed out to the final stop of our tour of Marshall Space Flight Center where we would be shown the test stands that are being prepared to validate the various components that will comprise NASA's new crew-rated rocket - the Space Launch System.

  • Insider Exclusive: America’s ‘Booster Belt’ Part Three (continued) – Marshall

    Jason RhianNovember 23rd, 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- SpaceFlight Insider continued its tour of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center with a stop to speak with Heather Haney, NASA's SLS (Space Launch System) Stages Element Test Manager. She detailed the work being done to ready the massive new rocket's core stage ready for its inaugural flight.