Tag Archives: SLS

NASA Approves Computing System for Artemis I Mission; Mike Van Houten Quoted

NASA Artemis

NASA has certified the computer system that would process the data of an upcoming uncrewed lunar flyby, which will serve as a prerequisite to future astronaut missions. The spacecraft command and control system (SCCS) is designed to address the information capacity and speed requirements of NASA's Artemis I mission, the space agency said Thursday.

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NASA Executes 2nd Entry of New RS-25 Engine Test Series

RS-25 Engine Test

NASA held the second round of hot firing in a new test series for the RS-25 engine, a component of the Space Launch System rocket that would eventually send astronauts to the Moon. The space agency said Wednesday it performed the test on Tuesday at Mississippi-based Stennis Space Center. The engine fired for a total of  over eight minutes during the test.

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NASA Inspector General Office Presents Estimated COVID-19 Cost Impacts on Major Programs

NASA

The office of the inspector general at NASA has issued a report saying it estimates the costs of facility closures, delays and other challenges facing the space agency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to reach nearly $3 billion. OIG said Wednesday 30 major programs and projects accounted for about $1.6 billion of the estimated total cost impact.

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NASA to Conduct Second Green Run Hotfire Test of Space Launch System Core Stage

Space Launch System

NASA will perform a second hotfire test of the core stage of the Space Launch System at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi no earlier than the last week of February. The second static fire test of four RS-25 engines of the SLS core stage is the final step in the Green Run test campaign that kicked off a year ago. 

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NASA Completes Green Run Test Series for Artemis Mission’s Engines; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Jim Bridenstine

NASA, at Stennis Space Center, concluded green run tests of four RS-25 engines that would ignite for the Artemis program's first lunar mission. The space agency said Sunday it test-fired the engines of the Space Launch System on Saturday for the first mission under Artemis, a NASA-led effort to revive crewed space exploration.

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NASA to Conduct Final SLS Core Stage Test

Space Launch System

NASA intends to hold the final green run test for the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) on Jan. 16th. The agency seeks to thoroughly evaluate the SLS rocket's core stage prior to the first Artemis mission through the green run tests. NASA wrapped up seven of the eight tests under the green run effort.

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Core Stages for Crewed NASA Artemis Missions Now Under Production

Michoud Assembly Facility

NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility has commenced the production of the rocket core stages for both the second and third Artemis missions. These stages bring propellant tanks, RS-25 engines and avionics wiring to the Space Launch System (SLS)that serves as the launch vehicle for both of the upcoming missions. 

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NASA to Integrate Rocket Motor Segments Into Space Launch System

NASA Artemis

NASA is set to stack eight rocket motor segments into a rocket built to support the agency's Artemis I mission. NASA's exploration ground systems team moved the segments to a vehicle assembly building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida after the completion of the processing phase. The team will deploy a crane to lift the boosters and incorporate them into SLS.

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NASA Halfway Done With SLS Green Tests

Space Launch System

NASA has completed the first four green run tests of its Space Launch System rocket's core stage in preparation for four more tests in the series. The effort's assigned team ran the fourth test with gaseous nitrogen and helium as a more efficient alternative to the liquid hydrogen and oxygen propellants intended for the conclusive hot-fire test.

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