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News Archive / Tagged: SLS

  • SLS Artemis 1 core stage nearing completion

    Scott JohnsonJuly 7th, 2019

    NEW ORLEANS, La. - The core stage (CS-1) for the first flight (Artemis 1 (formerly Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1)) of NASA's next super-heavy lift launch vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS), is nearing completion at the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans.

  • Michigan company helping NASA speed up SLS development

    Jim SharkeyJune 8th, 2019

    As NASA works to meet its goal of returning  astronauts to the Moon by 2024, a Michigan-based company is helping to accelerate the production of the space agency's Space Launch System (SLS) deep space rocket by providing one of the key tools needed to build the massive vehicle.

  • NASA chief outlines 2-phase plan for Moon exploration

    Derek RichardsonApril 10th, 2019

    During the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine outlined more of NASA’s Moon by 2024 plan.

  • NASA head answers agency questions about ‘Moon by 2024’ goal

    Derek RichardsonApril 2nd, 2019

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told the agency what it'll take to accomplish the Trump administration's goal of returning humans to the Moon by 2024.

  • SLS liquid hydrogen tank test article placed on test stand

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 18th, 2019

    A 149-foot-tall test article for the Space Launch System's liquid hydrogen tank was loaded onto a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

  • Flight controllers for first four Space Launch System missions delivered to Stennis

    Jason RhianNovember 5th, 2018

    The flight controllers for the first planned flights of NASA's massive Space Launch System (SLS) rocket are now in the hands of those refurbishing the RS-25 engines that help power the SLS' first stage.

  • Orion parachutes complete series of tests in lead up to EM-1

    Jason RhianSeptember 13th, 2018

    The last in a series of eight planned tests of NASA's Orion spacecraft was completed on Wednesday, Sept. 12 - paving the way for the first combined flight of Orion and the new super heavy-lift booster.

  • What goes out, must come back: NASA moves Mobile Launcher to VAB for year of work leading to EM-1

    Curt GodwinSeptember 9th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- After journeying out to Launch Pad 39B for several days of fit checks and tests, NASA has rolled the 11-million pound (4.99-million kilogram) Mobile Launcher (ML) back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for further work.

  • 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.

  • Block 1 SLS configuration may fly more than once

    Curt GodwinApril 30th, 2018

    During a hearing with the House Subcommittee on Space on March 7, 2018, NASA's then-acting administrator said that, should NASA have a second Mobile Launcher, the agency's Space Launch System may fly several times in the Block 1 form before the infrastructure is ready for the more-powerful Block 1B configuration.

  • Opinion: Mutants, airstrikes and more: Space ‘fake news’ on the rise

    Jason RhianApril 1st, 2018

    Fake news, a relatively new term that has entered the public lexicon. Stories regarding space flight have recently seen an uptick in incorrect information being reported and given the complexity of the subject matter, it might be understandable—but it is also preventable.

  • Mobile launcher gets Orion crew access arm, inches closer to completion

    Curt GodwinMarch 3rd, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Workers with NASA's Exploration Ground Systems at Kennedy Space Center recently passed another landmark in their effort to prepare the center's infrastructure for the maiden launch of the Space Launch System.