Next Qualification Booster for NASA's SLS Rocket Taking Shape for Spring 2016 QM-2 Test Fire

The avionics subsystem and hardware is checked out at one of Orbital ATK’s test facilities before the successful Sept. 22 off-motor hot-fire test. The hot-fire test simulated the test cycle that will be used during the second booster qualification test, which closely resembles real flight conditions. Photo Credit: Orbital ATK

An Orbital ATK five-segment solid rocket booster igniting on the test stand in Promontory, Utah, on March 11, 2015, unleashing 3.6 million pounds of thrust within a second for the Qualification Motor-1 (QM-1) test fire for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). A second booster is currently in development for a final test fire, QM-2 […]

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 to Test Orion's European Service Module Starting This Summer

From ESA: "Proposal for a Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle-Service Module (MPCV-SM)." Orion's European service module will fly on Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) in late 2018. Image Credit: ESA-D. Ducros

From ESA: “Proposal for a Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle-Service Module (MPCV-SM).” Orion’s European service module will fly on Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) in late 2018. Image Credit: ESA-D. Ducros

NASA continues to ramp up its development of its newest crewed space vehicle and launch system, the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), which will be powered by […]

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Wraps Up Second Test Flight

From NASA: “LDSD is proceeding toward launch. The large scientific balloon – 34.4 million cubic feet in volume, has been undoing inflation over the last hour. When launched, the balloon and the test vehicle stand at a towering 980 feet tall.” The second test of LDSD took place Monday, June 8. Photo Credit: NASA


NASA Presses on With SLS Development as Launch Vehicle Undergoes Critical Design Review

From NASA: "Artist concept of NASA's Space Launch System wireframe design. The SLS Program is kicking off its critical design review May 11 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama." Image Credit: NASA/MSFC

From NASA: “Artist concept of NASA’s Space Launch System wireframe design. The SLS Program is kicking off its critical design review May 11 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.” Image Credit: NASA/MSFC

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Program, designing NASA’s next heavy lift launch vehicle intended to carry spacecraft and astronauts […]

After EFT-1, Orion Crew Module Subjected to Intense Heat Shield Inspection

Engineers from NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, remove segments of a heat-resistant material called Avcoat from the surface of the Orion heat shield, the protective shell designed to help the next-generation crew module and its future occupants withstand the heat of atmospheric […]

Chandra X-Ray Observatory Continues to Unfold Secrets of Universe

From NASA: “A newly discovered object in the galaxy NGC 2276 may prove to be an important black hole that helps fill in the evolutionary story of these exotic objects. This source , known as NGC2276-3c, is likely an intermediate-mass black hole with about 50,000 times the mass of the Sun. The main graphic […]

Critical Year for SLS Development Continues With Base Heating Tests

From NASA: “A two-percent scale model of the Space Launch System core stage RS-25 engines, in the pictures at left, and a model of the SLS without the twin boosters is used for nominal, core-stage-only testing at CUBRC Inc. in Buffalo, New York.” Image Credit: NASA/MSFC

NASA is taking further steps bringing the agency […]

NASA Observes Annual Remembrance Day, Pays Tribute to Lost US Crews

An honor guard pays tribute to lost U.S. astronauts, flanked by NASA’s Suzy Cunningham, at the Space Mirror Memorial on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 28. Photo Credit: Talia Landman/AmericaSpace

This week in spaceflight history is a somber and difficult one, as the anniversaries of three major U.S. spaceflight tragedies occur within days of […]

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 […]