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Below you’ll find news and events related to our deep space mission and the progress that will enable us to get there.

Today’s Deep Space Extra, Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20th, 2015

Today’s Deep Space Extra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe.  NASA is meeting difficult cost and schedule challenges to keep development of the Space Launch System exploration rocket on track for its first test flight in 2018. Tests of SLS rocket engines move ahead at NASA’s Stennis […]

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

June 2nd, 2015

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 took a huge step forward in its development on March 11, 2015, unleashing its fury on a barren mountainside at Orbital ATK’s test stand in Promontory, Utah, for the […]

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NASA’s Space Launch System Booster Passes Major Ground Test

March 17th, 2015 QM-1 Test

The largest, most powerful rocket booster ever built successfully fired up Wednesday for a major-milestone ground test in preparation for future missions to help propel NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft to deep space destinations, including an asteroid and Mars. The booster fired for two minutes, the same amount of time it […]

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ATK Completes Installation of World’s Largest Solid Rocket Motor for Ground Test

January 23rd, 2015

NASA and ATK (NYSE: ATK) have completed installing the first Space Launch System booster qualification motor, QM-1, in a specialized test stand in Utah. The largest solid rocket motor ever built for flight, QM-1 is now being prepared for its static-fire test, which is scheduled for March 11. The first qualification motor for NASA’s Space […]

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RS-25 Engine Testing Blazes Forward for NASA’s Space Launch System

January 9th, 2015

The new year is off to a hot start for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). The engine that will drive America’s next great rocket to deep space blazed through its first successful test Jan. 9 at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The RS-25, formerly the space shuttle main engine, fired […]

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Stennis conducts SLS engine firing marking RS-25 return

January 9th, 2015

NASA’s Stennis Space Center has test fired the first RS-25 (unit E0525) of the Space Launch System (SLS) era on Friday, marking the beginning of a new career for the famous engine. Four of the former Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) are set to power each SLS during the ride to orbit, opening with Exploration […]

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RS-25 engine upgrade is no 80s techno flashback

December 18th, 2014

The engine controller unit on the RS-25 — formerly known as the space shuttle main engine — helped propel all of the space shuttle missions to space. It allows communication between the vehicle and the engine, relaying commands to the engine and transmitting data back to the vehicle. The controller also provides closed-loop management of the engine by regulating the thrust and fuel mixture ratio while monitoring the engine’s health and status. Just like the ever-evolving computer, the engine controller unit needed a “refresh” to provide the capability necessary for four RS-25 engines to power the core stage of NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), to deep space missions.

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches NASA’s Orion Spacecraft on Critical Flight Test for Lockheed Martin  

December 5th, 2014

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Dec. 5, 2014) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NASA’s Orion spacecraft for Lockheed Martin successfully launched from Space Launch Complex-37 at 7:05 a.m. EST today. This uncrewed flight test called Exploration Flight Test-1 tested Orion’s systems critical to crew safety. “We are truly […]

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