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Core Stage of SLS Rocket for Lunar Mission Nears Completion

NASA and Boeing have assembled 80 percent of the core stage of the Space Launch System rocket to bring the Orion spacecraft to the moon as part of the Artemis 1 mission. The agency said Monday that the milestone comes after crews connected the hydrogen fuel tank to the SLS core stage’s upper part, which consists of the intertank, liquid oxygen propellant tank and the forward skirt housing the rocket’s flight computers.

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NASA to Retain 2020 SLS Launch Sched if Requirements Met; Bill Hill Quoted

NASA will still lift off the Space Launch System by 2020 if the vehicle's core stage is completed within this year and tests go according to schedule, Space News reported Wednesday. The space agency intends to retain the 2020 launch schedule amid static-fire test plans for SLS' core stage.

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NASA Completes Another Space Launch System Test

NASA conducted another test of its Space Launch System vehicle configuration at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., where the agency assessed the space vehicle’s aerodynamics through a set of wind tunnel tests, NASASpaceFlight.com reported Tuesday. The space agency launched 700 supersonic test runs using the SLS Block 1 Cargo vehicle at a speed of Mach 1.5 to 4.5.

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Jim Bridenstine on NASA’s Near Earth Object Detection Efforts

NASA Administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Jim Bridenstine said the agency needs to ramp up efforts to detect and identify near-Earth objects that could pose an impact risk, SpaceNews reported Monday. “We’re only about a third of the way there and the law that has been passed says that NASA is required to be able to detect, track and characterize not just one third but 90 percent of them, which means we have to use our systems, use our capabilities, to ultimately get a lot more data, and we have to do it faster,” he said Monday during his keynote speech at the Planetary Defense Conference in Maryland.

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NASA Concludes Four-Year RS-25 Hot Fire Tests

NASA completed tests for engine systems designed to support the deployment of the initial four Space Launch System rockets to space. Sixteen RS-25 engines underwent hot fire demonstrations have accumulated 14,700 seconds through 32 developmental tests since 2015, the agency said Friday

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Jim Bridenstine: NASA Planning to Deploy Commercial Rocket for Orion Mission

NASA Administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Jim Bridenstine testified during a Senate hearing that the agency plans to use a commercial rocket to launch the Orion crew capsule for a three-week mission to the Moon, The Verge reported Wednesday. Exploration Mission 1 was intended to be the debut launch of NASA’s Space Launch System, but has been continually delayed and was recently scheduled for a June 2020 launch.

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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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