Adaptive controls tests are conducted to help engineers working on the development of the SLS at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., ensure the Space Launch System can adjust to the environment it faces as it makes its way to space.
A comparison of images taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in November 2010 and May 2013 reveal the formation of a new gully channel on a crater-wall slope in the southern highlands of Mars.
NASA hopes to launch an Orion crew capsule into space for the first time before the end of this year — two or three months later than previously planned.
Once targeted for September or October, the mission called Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1, is now shooting for an early December launch atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The parachute system designed for NASA’s Orion spacecraft passed another hurdle on Feb. 26, in a test that put extra stress on its drogue parachutes and simulated a failure of one of its three main parachutes.