Capping A Milestone Year, NASA Announces Completion of SLS Critical Design Review

From NASA: “For the first time in almost 40 years, a NASA human-rated rocket has completed all steps needed to clear a critical design review (CDR). The agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) is the first vehicle designed to meet the challenges of the journey to Mars and the first exploration class rocket since 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

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 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

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

Orbital ATK and NASA Release Initial Findings From SLS Booster QM-1 Test Fire

Orbital ATK’s SLS solid rocket booster Qualification Motor-1 (QM-1) test fire March 11, 2015, at the company’s test stand in Promontory, Utah. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

The solid rocket booster that will propel NASA’s skyscraper-size Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its Orion spacecraft on deep space missions in the coming years […]

Picture-Perfect Booster QM-1 Test Fire Marks Big Milestone for NASA SLS Development

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). Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

The solid rocket booster that will propel […]

Solid Rocket Booster for NASA's Space Launch System Ready for Wednesday Test Fire in Utah

Orbital ATK five-segment solid rocket booster on the test stand in Promontory, Utah. Photo Credit: Orbital ATK

When NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) rocket launches the agency’s Orion deep-space crew capsule for the first time in late 2018, it will mark the beginning of a new chapter in America’s human spaceflight efforts, aiming […]

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 […]

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, […]

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

Photo Credit: ATK

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 May […]

Solid Rocket Boosters Complete Space Launch System Program Milestone

Image Credit: NASA

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 in […]