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Next Launch TMA-15M on a Soyuz-FG rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
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23 Nov 14 21:01:00 GMT
24 Nov 14 3:01:00 ALMT
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Test-Fire Delayed Due to Defects Found in QM 1 Aft Segment

ATK’s test-firing of the Qualification Motor 1 has been delayed due to defects found in the aft segment of the motor. Photo Credit: NASA / ATK

ATK and NASA have had to postpone the upcoming ground test of the Qualification Motor (QM)-1 due to one of the segments not meeting testing criteria. As such, […]

Design for SLS Adapters All in the Drawings of NASA Marshall's Jonathon Walden

Jonathon Walden is the lead designer for the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Stage Adapter (MSA) being manufactured at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The MSA will attach the Orion spacecraft to a Delta IV rocket for its 2014 Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1). It also will provide early flight experience for SLS’s first […]

AmericaSpace Photo Feature: F-1 Gas Generator at MSFC

During one of Mark Usciak’s trips to Marshall Space Flight Center, he took some images of the gas generator being worked on for possible use on NASA’s Space Launch System. Photo Credit Mark Usciak / AmericaSpace (inset by NASA)

Last January we detailed how engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) were testing […]

Boeing X-51A WaveRider Makes Longest Hypersonic Flight to Date

Boeing’s X-51A Waverider has successfully completed the longest-duration test flight to date, reaching speeds of Mach 5.1. Photo Credit: USAF

Boeing’s X-51A Waverider unmanned hypersonic test vehicle completed the longest air-breathing, scramjet-powered flight to date under the program. This flight was conducted at Edwards Air Force Base in California on May 1. The flight […]

NASA's Looking at Options for SLS' Cargo Configuration

Artist’s concept of what the business end of NASA’s new Space Launch System or “SLS” will looks like. Image Credit: NASA/MSFC

NASA is continuing to take steps towards building its Space Launch System (SLS), the mammoth rocket that promises to surpass the Saturn V for size and power. Last week, the agency began looking […]

ATK, ULA Successfully Test GEM-60 to Validate Nozzle

The hills of Utah filled with bright light and loud thunder as ATK and United Launch Alliance conducted a static fire of a GEM-60 booster on Thursday. Photo Credit: ATK

ATK and United Launch Alliance (ULA) test fired a Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM-60) solid rocket motor that is used on ULA’s Delta IV family […]