NASA Orders 18 More RS-25 Engines for SLS Moon Rocket, at $1.79 Billion

The first SLS rocket for NASA’s Artemis moon missions rolls out of its assembly facility. Photo: NASA

With four years to go before human bootprints again dot the dusty surface of the Moon, NASA has awarded a contract worth $1.79 billion to Sacramento, Calif.-headquartered Aerojet Rocketdyne to fabricate 18 additional RS-25 engines for the […]

First Engine Installed on SLS as NASA Orders More Rockets, Conducts Pathfinder Ops at KSC

Engineers at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans have structurally mated the first of four RS-25 engines to the core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will help power the first Artemis mission to the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA/Jude Guidry

NASA is full steam ahead with the Space Launch System, as years […]

NASA Contracts With Aerojet Rocketdyne to Restart RS-25 Engine Production for SLS

The opening salvo of four Space Launch System (SLS) flights, beginning with Exploration Mission (EM)-1 in November 2018, will contain a core stage powered by four clustered RS-25D engines. Image Credit: NASA

More than four years since three of its kind were last fired in anger, on 8 July 2011, to deliver Atlantis’ […]

Final J-2X Test-Fire Conducted at A-1 Test Stand, NASA / Aerojet Rocketdyne Ready to Test RS-25

One final test for J-2X Engine No. 10002. Photo Credit: NASA / Stennis Space Center

BAY ST. LOUIS, Ms — On Thursday, Sept. 5, NASA along with Aerojet Rocketdyne conducted a test firing of a J-2X rocket engine at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. The hot-fire was conducted in order to test the engine […]

NASA Officials Talk SLS / Budget

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Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

NEW ORLEANS, La — During a visit to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) for the ribbon-cutting for the new Vertical Weld Center, AmericaSpace spoke with NASA’s Dan Dumbacher and William Gerstenmaier regarding the current state of the program that the center will be used to help […]

Reviews and Hardware Signal Progress for NASA's Space Launch System

NASA has completed a design review and has also constructed a key element of the rocket’s design. In short, this week has seen significant progress in the development of the space agency’s new heavy-lift booster. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA announced Wednesday, July 31 that the space agency had concluded the preliminary design review […]

NASA's Stennis Space Center Empowered

NASA’s William Gerstenmaier discusses the J-2X rocket engine with Stennis Space Center Director Rick Gilbrech and members of Aerojet Rocketdyne at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss — At NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi the space agency, along with contractors Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne, […]

SLS Construction One Step Closer With Friction Stir Welding Machine's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

At NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility on Friday June 23 dignitaries from the space agency and its contractors unveiled a new Friction Stir Welding machine. This new tool will be used to form the core stage of the Space Launch System. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

NEW ORLEANS, La — NASA’s Michoud Assembly […]

Is The Future Bright for Aerojet Rocketdyne?

A row of Rocketdyne-built RS-25 Space Shuttle Main Engines just before being shipped to Stennis Space Center for use on the Space Launch System program. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Last week, California-based Aerojet and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne—the two premier rocket-power providers in the United States—finalized their merger, almost a year […]

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 […]