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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, successfully completed the first in a series of hot-fire tests on the RS-25 rocket engine, which will help power NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) and carry humans farther into space than ever before. The test, conducted in the A-1 facility at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, demonstrated […]