The first flight test of the SLS will feature a configuration for a 70-metric-ton (77-ton) lift capacity and carry an uncrewed Orion spacecraft beyond low-Earth orbit to test the performance of the integrated system. As the SLS evolves, it will provide an unprecedented lift capability of 130 metric tons (143 tons) to enable missions even […]
Space Launch System, or SLS, begins a bolder mission for NASA and the world — a new era of exploration unlike anything we’re done before.
NASA’s Space Launch System begins a bolder mission with a new era of exploration unlike anything we’ve done before.
Orion spent years in a high-flying theoretical orbit, and has so far survived the turbulence of reentry into fiscal realities and shifting political desires
There’s a big misconception these days that NASA isn’t doing anything but sending astronauts up to the International Space Station on Russian Soyuz spacecraft. That’s far from the truth. There are a handful of amazing planetary missions underway, and on the manned side of things the agency is pressing forward with its Space Launch System, the next heavy lift rocket that will be able to send men and machines beyond Earth orbit to the giant planets of our Solar System.