Friday, September 14, 2012

NASA's Space Launch System rejoice: Powering Forward

NASA's Space Launch System
NASA is powering ahead toward a brand new destinations in the solar system. This week marks one year of development since the formation of the Space Launch System (SLS), the nation's next pace in human examination efforts.

On Sept. 14, 2011, NASA announced a new ability for America's space program: a heavy-lift rocket planned to take the Orion spacecraft and send astronauts beyond into space than still before.

And now, one year afterward, NASA has made swift development improving on existing hardware, testing and developing new mechanism, and paving the method for a new launch vehicle. The SLS will build human examination of deep space an actuality and make new possibilities for systematic detection.

The SLS is a national ability and will be the biggest rocket ever built, providing the authority we want to really explore beyond our present limits," said Todd May, Space Launch System program manager. "Not only will it take us beyond small Earth orbit, but it will get us there faster."

"Our aim was to become a leaner and more proficient program, based on lessons learned from earlier successes by the agency," May said. "But even more significant is to build a secure vehicle for our astronauts and one that can keep up exploration for years to come.

When Orion flies for the first time, SLS also will trial the spacecraft payload integration adapter ring. Engineers and machinists at Marshall are building this part of the rocket, which will mate the spacecraft to the Delta IV stand-in for SLS during Orion's trial flight in 2014 and the rest of the Space Launch System in 2017.

The adapter ring was future for both applications as a model of NASA's obligation to affordable solutions for the human examination of space.


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