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SLS Core Stage Test Welds Begin at NASA’s Welding Wonder in Michoud

A ring and barrel recently loaded onto the Vertical Assembly Center at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The tool is being used to perform confidence welds prior to welding together the first SLS core stage tanks. Credit: NASA/Michoud

MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY, NEW ORLEANS, LA — The first pieces of rocket hardware have been [...]

ATK Successfully Fires Up Orion's Launch Abort Motor Igniter in Latest Test

NASA and ATK successfully completed a static test of the launch abort motor igniter for the Orion crew capsule’s Launch Abort System (LAS) on Sept. 30, 2014. Photo Credit: ATK

This week ATK successfully completed a static test firing of the launch abort motor igniter for the Launch Abort System (LAS) of NASA’s Orion deep [...]

Testing and Development Pace Picks Up for NASA's Giant Space Launch System Rocket

Artist concept of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) 70-metric-ton configuration launching to space. SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and, ultimately, to Mars.Image and Caption Credit: NASA/MSFC

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) has now reached a point in the program’s development that the [...]

ATK Completes Critical Design Review for Five-Segment SLS Rocket Booster

ATK’s five-segment solid rocket booster will power America’s new rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System, which is on track to launch in 2017. Photo Credit: PRNewsFoto/ATK

When NASA’s giant 320-foot-tall Space Launch System (SLS) rocket flies its first unmanned Orion/SLS flight test in 2017, one of the most noticeable—if not the most noticeable—characteristics of the launch [...]

Mars 2020 Rover Instrument Suite Chosen by NASA to Search for Past Life and Prepare for Human Explorers

NASA manager Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, outlines science instrument suite selected for NASA’s next generation 2020 Mars rover at media briefing held at NASA Headquarters on July 31, 2014. Credit: NASA

The advanced science payload package that will launch on NASA’s next car-sized rover to the Red Planet in [...]

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne Complete Final Hot-Fire Tests on J-2X Engine, Move Forward to RS-25 Testing

J-2X Engine No. 10002 during its final 330-second hot-fire test on the A-1 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in September 2013. NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have completed the J-2X hot-fire testing campaign earlier this year, with the last tests on engine No. 10003. Image Credit: NASA/Stennis Space Center

During his testimony before [...]

SLS Structural Test Stands Construction Begins This Month, RS-25 Engine Testing Preps Continue

Artist’s concept of NASA’s Space Launch System launching at night. Image Credit: Misho Katulic / www.TerraBuilder.com

This month, a year-long construction project to build the structural test stands for NASA’s Space Launch System’s gigantic core stage will begin at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The stands, one of which will [...]

Experts Emphasised Need for Long-Term Vision and More Funding for NASA During Recent Congressional Hearing

The long-term goal in NASA’s human spaceflight program is human trips to Mars during the mid-2030s. Will the 2021 manned Mars-Venus flyby mission proposal discussed at a recent Congressional hearing help to accelerate the agency’s plans by gaining the political support of Congress? Image Credit: NASA

The Science, Space, and Technology Committee of the [...]

PHOTOS: NASA's Giant Crawler Goes for a Test Drive, Continues Upgrades for SLS

Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the B and D truck sections of crawler-transporter 2, or CT-2, are being raised up to prepare for installation of new roller bearing assemblies. Work continues in high bay 2 to upgrade CT-2. The modifications are designed to ensure CT-2’s ability to [...]

NASA Begins SLS Sound Suppression Testing, Prepares for Engine Testing This Summer

A 5-percent scale model of the Space Launch System (SLS) is ignited for five seconds to measure the effects acoustic noise and pressure have on the vehicle at liftoff. The green flame is a result of the ignition fluid that is burned along with the propellant during this short-duration test.Image/Caption Credit: NASA/MSFC/David Olive

NASA’s [...]