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NASA to Conduct Final Orion Parachute Test in October

NASA is set to conduct the last in a series of tests to qualify the use of the Orion spacecraft’s parachute system for missions to the moon and other outer space locations. The eighth and final test of Orion's parachute system will take place on Sept. 12 at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., the space agency said Friday.

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NASA to Test Space Launch System Intertank

NASA loaded a test model of heavy-lift rocket intertank onto a barge Thursday at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans for shipment to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Marshall’s engineers will conduct tests to determine if the structural hardware for the Space Launch System‘s 212-foot-long core stage can withstand extreme launch and …

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NASA Concludes Structural Qualification Tests on SLS Engine Section

NASA engineers have completed structural qualification tests on the Space Launch System‘s core stage engine section at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. The rocket’s four RS-25 engines and two solid rocket booster attachments will compose the engine section located beneath the SLS’ 212-foot-tall core stage, NASA said Saturday. The engine section is designed …

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NASA to Showcase Orion Stage Adapter Before Launch Preparations

NASA plans to showcase an Orion stage adapter technology at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama before the space agency transfers the flight hardware to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The agency said Saturday it will display the spacecraft adapter at a media event on Tuesday ahead of preparations for the first integrated test …

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Report: NASA, Intl Space Agencies to Release Space Exploration Roadmap in 2018

NASA is working with 14 international space agencies to publish a roadmap in January 2018 that would detail common space exploration goals, SpaceNews reported Thursday. The voluntary organization, called the International Space Exploration Coordination Group, will release the new Global Exploration Roadmap to provide updated plans for missions such as extended presence in …

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GAO: NASA Faces Human Spaceflight Program Oversight Challenges

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that Congress consider instructing  NASA to implement strategies to address challenges related to oversight of three human spaceflight programs. GAO said in a report published Thursday that although NASA’s current approach to integrate its Space Launch System, Orion spacecraft and supporting ground systems offer some advantages, …

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