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.
Bill Whittle reminds us that it’s been 45 years since man walked on the moon for the first time, and asks the question, “Have we been challenged since?” He states, “We tamed a continent, we conquered the skies, and we did fly to the moon–don’t let us, as a people, only have political discussion as […]
Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
With less than six months until its first trip to space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues taking shape at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Following the completion of the heat shield installation, the NASA/Lockheed Martin team stacked the Orion crew module on top of the service module. Download original article PDF.
A 5-percent scale model, including solid rocket motors, of the SLS is ignited to test how low- and high-frequency sound waves will affect the rocket on the launch pad. The data collected from the tests will be used to help direct and verify the design of the rocket’s sound suppression system. Download original article PDF.