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EVERY DAY PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY AND GLOBE
ARE PERFECTING TECHNOLOGIES AND EXPANDING CAPABILITIES
TO MAKE INTERPLANETARY SPACE TRAVEL POSSIBLE.

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

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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Orion Flying Comfortably Through Space

December 5th, 2014

Orbiting above Earth attached to the Delta IV second stage, Orion’s telemetry shows all systems working well on NASA’s newest spacecraft designed for astronauts. The next major stages in the flight test will begin with the re-ignition of the second stage engine. That 4 1/2-minute burn will send Orion out of low Earth orbit and […]

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The Journey to Mars Starts With Orion Next Month

November 20th, 2014

Humanity’s first effort to send humans into deep space and to other planets in our solar system begins in just two weeks. The launch window for NASA’s newest spacecraft, Orion, opens Dec. 4. While the world has been fixed on the Mars Rover and, more recently, a successful effort to land a robot on a […]

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SLS Engine Section Barrel Hot off the Vertical Weld Center at Michoud

November 17th, 2014

The barrel for the engine section of NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System, is taken off the Vertical Weld Center at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The barrel is flight hardware to be used on the first uncrewed test flight of the 70-metric-ton configuration of the rocket. The engine section, made up […]

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Orion Spacecraft Moves to Space Launch Complex 37

November 17th, 2014

The Orion spacecraft moved from the Launch Abort Servicing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 11 to Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. After arriving at the pad Nov. 12, Orion was lifted for stacking on the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket in preparation for its flight […]

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Orion Moves to Space Launch Complex 37

November 15th, 2014

By Linda Herridge NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center NASA’s Orion spacecraft moved Nov. 11 from the Launch Abort System Facility (LASF) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and arrived at Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) on Nov. 12 in preparation for its upcoming flight test. The assembled Orion […]

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EFT-1 Orion completes assembly and conducts FRR

November 3rd, 2014

The stars are aligning for the December 4 debut mission of NASA’s Orion spacecraft, following the completion of the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) – albeit with three “actions” to satisfy ahead of flight. The vehicle also completed all assembly tasks and is almost ready to meet up with her Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle for the key test flight of NASA’s deep space exploration crew transport.

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