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News Archive / Tagged: Space Launch System

  • Space Launch System begins vibration testing

    Cullen DesforgesSeptember 1st, 2021

    In preparation for its first flight, NASA's Space Launch System is undergoing a series of vibrational and acoustic tests.

  • Space Launch System stage adapter and ICPS upper stage stacked

    Michael McCabeJuly 9th, 2021

    NASA's Space Launch System, currently being assembled in the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Artemis 1 mission later this year, recently received its Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter and upper stage.

  • Core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System mega rocket stacked

    Derek RichardsonJune 14th, 2021

    The core stage for NASA’s first Space Launch System rocket was placed between twin solid rocket boosters in preparation for the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission.

  • SLS rocket core for Artemis 2 mission reaches major milestone

    Cullen DesforgesMay 20th, 2021

    Teams at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans have begun assembling the core stage for the second Space Launch System rocket, which aims to send people around the Moon in 2023.

  • First Space Launch System rocket core stage arrives in Florida

    Theresa CrossApril 29th, 2021

    The core stage for NASA's Space Launch System rocket arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the uncrewed Artemis 1 Moon mission, scheduled for later this year.

  • Gallery: See NASA’s fully-stacked SLS solid rocket boosters

    Theresa CrossMarch 24th, 2021

    NASA reported in early March 2021 the stacking is complete for the Space Launch System twin solid rocket boosters for the Artemis 1 mission.

  • NASA successfully test fires Space Launch System mega rocket

    Cullen DesforgesMarch 18th, 2021

    The second time was the charm for NASA's Space Launch System core stage as the agency successfully performed a full-duration firing of all four RS-25 engines at the base of the rocket, the final evaluation in vehicle's Green Run test campaign.

  • NASA finishes stacking twin SLS boosters for Artemis 1 mission

    Theresa CrossMarch 11th, 2021

    NASA has finished stacking the twin five-segment solid rocket boosters for “the most powerful rocket in the world,” the massive Space Launch System.

  • Artemis 1 SLS booster stacking nearing completion

    Theresa CrossFebruary 11th, 2021

    The stacking of the twin solid rocket boosters for NASA’s Space Launch System is nearly complete with only one set of segments remaining.

  • NASA, Boeing to conduct second SLS rocket core hot fire

    Cullen DesforgesFebruary 2nd, 2021

    Nearly two weeks after the first attempt, NASA and prime contractor Boeing announced their decision to proceed with a second hot fire test of the Space Launch System core stage.

  • NASA announces “Artemis Team” of 18 astronauts

    Cullen DesforgesDecember 11th, 2020

    In a somewhat unannounced and surprising fashion, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced the 18 astronauts that will be focused on advancing the Artemis program, including those who will be first to fly aboard the Orion capsule as early as 2023.

  • Locked and Loaded: Artemis I’s muscle delivered to KSC

    SpaceFlight InsiderJune 16th, 2020

    NASA, still riding high on regaining the ability to launch astronauts to low-Earth-orbit is now preparing to turn the dial up to eleven. LEO is nice and all - but flying to the Moon is way better. The agency is pulling this pieces to achieve just that.

  • 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.

  • Orion spacecraft progressing toward Artemis 1 flight

    Michael ColeJuly 4th, 2019

    PLUM BROOK, Ohio -- NASA is making important strides with the Orion spacecraft in preparation for the Artemis 1 mission, the next step in the agency's effort to return humans to the Moon.

  • 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.