Orbital ATK Signs Contract to Provide Launch Abort Motor for Orion

From ESA: "The ESA-provided European Service Module behind the crew capsule as it will be configured for Orion’s Exploration Mission. During launch, the module is encapsulated by three fairings, while the crew capsule is covered by the Launch Abort System." Image Credit: NASA

An expanded view of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, showing the crew module, service module, launch escape system, and protective fairings.” Image Credit: NASA

On Tuesday, July 7, Orbital ATK signed a contact with Lockheed Martin to provide the solid rocket motor for the launch abort system of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The […]

NASA Partners With Commercial Industry to Advance Deep Space Exploration Capabilities

A view of the space habitat at night, docked with the Space Exploration Vehicle. This photo was taken during the 2010 Desert RATS field testing, from Aug. 31 - Sept. 15, 2010, in Black Point Lava Flow, Ariz. Image credit: NASA

A space habitat at night, docked with a “Space Exploration Vehicle.” This photo was taken during the 2010 Desert RATS field testing, from Aug. 31 – Sept. 15, 2010, in Black Point Lava Flow, Ariz. Image credit: NASA

This week, NASA announced the selection of 12 partnerships within the commercial industry to help develop the […]

Stennis Space Center Roars to Life With First NASA SLS Development Engine Test Fire

The first of eight tests for the SLS development engine, which will provide NASA engineers with critical data on the engine controller unit and inlet pressure conditions. Four RS-25 engines will power SLS on future missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. Photo Credit: NASA

The new year has kicked off nicely […]

ATK Schedules First Full-Scale SLS Booster Qualification Motor Test Fire for March 2015

File photo of a five-segment ATK solid rocket booster on the company’s test stand in Promontory, Utah. The 154-foot booster, which is in development for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), will produce heat two-thirds the temperature of the Sun, and its 12-foot-diameter cylinder will deliver 3.6 million pounds of thrust when the rocket ignites. […]

NASA's Cube Quest Challenge Aims to Send Nanosatellites to Lunar Orbit and Beyond on First SLS Flight

Registration is now open for NASA’s latest Centennial Challenges technology prize competition, called Cube Quest Challenge. The competition will award up to a total of $5 million to any teams that will successfully demonstrate a CubeSat in-space operations and communications in lunar orbit and beyond. Image Credit: NASA

With the much-anticipated, first test flight […]

'Shuttleman' Scott G. Phillips Keeps Shuttle Spirit Alive With Tribute Models, New Book

Scott G. Phillips stands by his space shuttle tribute display. Phillips’ new memoir, Remove Before Flight, tells the story of his own personal shuttle odyssey. Photo Credit: Scott G. Phillips

Since the beginning of the space shuttle era, which kicked off with STS-1’s triumphant launch in 1981, space buffs, historians, and writers chronicling the […]

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 […]

Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes Hot-Fire Tests of First Entirely 3D-Printed Rocket Engine: A Q&A With Jay Littles, Aerojet's Director of Advanced Launch Propulsion Programs

Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed a series of hot-fire tests on its “Baby Bantam” liquid rocket demonstration engine (pictured above), which was entirely constructed with additive manufacturing processes, also known as 3-D printing. Image Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne.


The advent of additive manufacturing technologies, better known as 3-D printing, has been an ongoing trend in industrial […]

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 […]

'Tea, Earl Grey, Hot': Space and the Promise of Additive Manufacturing

Moon bases have been the dream of space agencies, private companies, and space advocates alike for decades. Could additive manufacturing technologies turn these dreams into a reality? Image Credit: NASA

It has been an emblematic technology of the “Star Trek” television series for decades: a device that could manipulate matter and energy in such […]