Space Launch System

  • NASA fires enormous booster designed for world’s most powerful rocket

    NASA fires enormous booster designed for world’s most powerful rocket

    Today, NASA successfully completed a full-duration qualification ground test of the booster that is designed to lift the most powerful rocket in the world. This particular test was a cold motor test used to provide data on how the rocket motor operates at the colder end of its accepted propellant temperature range. NASA cooled the motor over the last several weeks to get temperatures down to… Read More

  • NASA invests $67 million into solar electric propulsion for deep space exploration

    NASA invests $67 million into solar electric propulsion for deep space exploration

    NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne for a $67 million contract to develop an advanced Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) system for future deep-space missions. In a press release, NASA stated that the propulsion system could be used on robotic missions to an asteroid and in other missions related to their Journey to Mars program. Compared to chemical propulsion (the type of propulsion that… Read More

  • NASA tests first rocket engine designed to send humans to Mars

    NASA tests first rocket engine designed to send humans to Mars

    NASA has successfully tested their first RS-25 rocket engine for the agency’s next heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), for 500 seconds. The SLS, which will use 4 RS-25 engines in its core stage, is designed to take humans to deep space destinations like asteroids or Mars. NASA stated that “the next time rocket engine No. 2059 fires for that length of time, it will… Read More

  • NASA’s Super Guppy Gives Mars-Bound Spacecraft A Lift

    NASA’s Super Guppy Gives Mars-Bound Spacecraft A Lift

    Today the Orion capsule, NASA’s spacecraft designed to bring humans to Mars, starts its next phase of development at Kennedy Space Center. The remarkable part is that just this morning, that large spacecraft was at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. In order to carry Orion from New Orleans to Cape Canaveral, NASA recruited their Super Guppy aircraft. The Super Guppy has… Read More