Test Stand Readied to Test RS-25 Rocket Engine for SLS

NASA is currently working to prepare the A-1 Test Stand at the space agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for testing the RS-25 rocket engine seen in the inset. Photo Credit: NASA (Inset Alan Walters / AmericaSpace)

In the latter half of 2014 NASA plans to launch the first of its Orion spacecraft […]

SLS QM-1 Booster Readied for Tests by NASA, ATK

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A full-scale version of Alliant Techsystems’ (ATK) solid rocket booster that will be used on NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System, or “SLS,” is being readied for testing. The center aft segment of ATK’s qualification motor-1 (QM-1) was sent to the site in the deserts of Utah on […]

Apollo Test Stand Re-Purposed For SLS

The B-2 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center is undergoing renovations to prepare it for testing of Space Launch Systems. Photo Credit: NASA/SSC

One of the test stands at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi which supported the development of the Saturn family of launch vehicles is now being tapped to test […]

NASA Conducts Failure Tests of Orion Parachutes

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A test article of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle conducted tests to see how the spacecraft’s parachutes would handle failure scenarios. The tests were conducted in the deserts of Yuma, Ariz., Wednesday, May 2, 2013.

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Solid Rocket Boosters Complete Space Launch System Program Milestone

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NASA and ATK have completed Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the Solid Rocket Booster design that will be used on NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift booster. The completion of this milestone means that SLS is one step closer to launch, with the first flight planned to take place […]

Hot-fire Tests Steering the Future of NASA's Space Launch System Engines

A new record was set April 4 for J-2X engine test firings when the engine was fired for 570 seconds on the A-2 test stand at Stennis. With the completion of the test series on this stand, the engine will now be moved to the A-1 test stand where it will undergo gimbaling […]

NASA Stitching Orion Components Together at Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA is welding together the interstage assembly which will connect the Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 spacecraft to its Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak

NASA’s engineers have been assembling the components for the flight test article that will fly on the Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) mission at NASA’s […]

Space Launch System Truths and Misconceptions

There have been a lot of beliefs or perceptions regarding NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System, that have been stated as factual—but are they?

We had promised this article would appear yesterday and as we like to keep our promises, we ran a portion of it yesterday. We felt it was […]

Space Launch System Truths and Misconceptions (Part 1)

There have been a lot of statements about NASA’s new heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System. Some of them are facts and others are myths. Throughout this week we will be posting an interview with NASA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Dan Dumbacher to try and set the record straight. Image Credit: […]