Tag Archive: Space Launch System

Dec 28 2015

Probably a good thing wrapped in a bad thing

NASA got a huge bump in the recent Omnibus bill that was passed on the 18th: FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Clears Congress, Signed by President, which resulted in a gargantuan $1.3 billion increase over its 2015 budget. I was going to blog about days ago, but it was signed on the day after my boss …

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Nov 11 2015

This is pretty significant

Senate Passes Compromise Commercial Space Bill. Here are the major provisions (quoted word-for-word from the article), and my impressions: Provision Analysis/Opinion Formally extends operation of the International Space Station from 2020 through 2024. President Obama announced last year that he was extending it until then, but this will make it law. Canada and Russia have …

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Oct 23 2015

SLS completes CDR

NASA’s Space Launch System is a ‘GO’. The last time a new NASA launch system passed CDR was 1970, so this really is a BIG DEAL. Passing CDR means that the SLS can go into production, and the next major milestone for it will be launch itself, which will definitely be a BIG DEAL. SLS’ …

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Sep 22 2015

SLS identifies potential manifests

SLS manifest options aim for Phobos prior to 2039 Mars landing. The article also has a pretty decent (and short!) history of Orion. They’re also targeting a launch to Phobos by 2033 with a human touchdown on the surface of Mars in 2039. A second mission to Mars would occur in 2043.

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Aug 29 2015

ASU wins LunaH-Map lead

ASU chosen to lead lunar CubeSat mission. LunaH-Map will be a 6U CubeSat that will orbit the Moon 141 times and provide a detailed look for water in the Moon’s south pole. It’s a candidate for riding on the SLS for its EM-1 mission

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Aug 05 2015

Lunar IceCube likely will ride on SLS’ first launch

Tiny Cubesat Will Hunt for Water Ice on the Moon. It’ll search for water ice on the Moon’s surface from an elliptical orbit on a six month mission. It’s a 6U CubeSat, and will plot ice locations by latitude and longitude, time of day, and type of regolith. There are slots for 11 CubeSat missions …

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Aug 04 2015

Universal Stage Adaptor RFI for SLS out on the street

USA set to adapt SLS for additional payloads. This will allow the SLS Block 1B to launch secondary payloads. It’ll likely only be used for Orion-configured SLS launches. “(The USA is) a separable adapter which provides a structural interface between the EUS and Orion (that) can accommodate co-manifested payloads (significant mission elements such as habitats, …

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Aug 03 2015

Changes resulting from test flight made to Orion

LM Successfully Tests Design Changes for Orion Spacecraft’s Fairing Separation System. The separation took about three seconds and the design changes tested were: New push-off springs that push on the fairing for a longer period of time to provide increased safety and reliability. As part of an ongoing mass reduction effort, the team used four …

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Jun 04 2015

It’s news…but not really news

NASA Developing Plans for Human Missions to Cislunar Space in 2020s. It’s news in that it runs at least sideways to Obama’s stated goal of getting to Mars because the Moon is “been-there, done-that”. Yeah…technically Cis-Lunar does not necessarily include “Lunar surface”, but it takes just a short Delta-V detour to get there. It’s no …

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May 12 2015

Now that Dragon 2 has passed its pad abort test with flying colors…

Falcon Heavy enabler for Dragon solar system explorer. Elon Musk says that the Falcon Heavy is powerful enough to send Dragon 2 anywhere in the Solar System, and that Dragon 2’s SuperDraco’s engines could be used to safely land on an airless body like the Moon or one with an atmosphere like Mars. He even …

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May 02 2015

Love…and hate…this article

Battle of the Collossi: SLS vs Falcon Heavy. I love that this article has a couple of handy tables that compares Falcon Heavy to SLS performance.   Launch System LEO capacity GTO capacity Moon capacity Mars capacity SLS 70 MT N/A 25 MT 19–20 MT Falcon Heavy 53 MT 21.1 MT N/A 13.2 MT   …

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Mar 11 2015

SLS solid booster test a success

As I said yesterday, not too much can go wrong with a solid fuel booster once it gets going. Still, a pretty cool video. Alas, I had a work meeting during the vid-cast, so I didn’t end up live-blogging it.

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Mar 10 2015

SLS solid rocket booster test fire set for tomorrow

Solid Rocket Booster for NASA’s Space Launch System Ready for Wednesday Test Fire in Utah. It’s been such a slow news week (weeks?) that a test firing of a rocket that will launch 3 years from now is big news. It’s at 8:30 Pacific tomorrow morning…I may live-blog this from work if I don’t have …

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Feb 26 2015

SLS will include an avionics package with its booster test fire

NASA, Orbital ATK to Debut “Flight-Like Avionics” During Upcoming SLS Booster Firing. Actually, there’s not a whole lot in the article, but these have been some pretty slow news days. Plus, posting this article lets me tell you that I had a late start this morning, but I’m on the news hunt now. Last night, …

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Feb 25 2015

A very comprehensive, yet incomplete, study of how to get to Mars

The Second Mars Affordability and Sustainability Community Workshop: structure, findings, and recommendations. An interesting read…yet it’s missing something… Here are it’s recommendations: Fully utilize the capabilities of the ISS. An affordable, crew-tended habitat in the vicinity of the Moon intended to be a prototype Mars transfer habitat. This should include international participation. Flying astronauts beyond …

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Feb 11 2015

Boeing reorganizes Space and Defense sectors

Things that make me go ‘hmmmmm’. BDS Development is patterned on the Airplane Development organization in Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Those groups demonstrate the company’s best-of-Boeing approach to reducing risk and improving the affordability of key development activities. Six programs now managed elsewhere in BDS will be the first ones overseen by BDS Development: U.S. Air …

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Feb 03 2015

President proposes $18.5 billion for NASA for FY2016

SpacePolicyOnline.com has a FANTASTIC fact-sheet on the complete proposed budget. Highlights include While the budget is an increase of $500 million over FY15, NASA didn’t get the 6% increase Obama proposed as in increase in R&D spending across the government — it only got a 2.9% increase. NASA’s Earth Science budget would increase $174.8 million. …

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Feb 03 2015

Wellllllllll….they have to find *something* for SLS to do

NASA budget proposal to initiate Europa mission plan. They set aside enough money to get to KDP-A, which my NASA Systems Engineering Handbook says evaluates trade studies and settles on an overall design and concept of the mission. The big question seems to be “orbiter” versus “lander”, with an orbiter costing about 50% less than …

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Jan 29 2015

NASA Safety Panel rips CCtCAP, Orion, SLS on lack of openess

For a government report, this is as scathing as it gets. In a color-coded “traffic signal” chart later in the report, ASAP rated “risk transparency — Insight and communications” as red, meaning an issue of “long-standing concern or an issue that has not been adequately addressed by NASA.” It is the only one of nine …

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Jan 15 2015

Senator Cruz lays out Space agenda

Ted Cruz laid out Commerce Committee’s Space, Science and Competitiveness subcommittee’s space agenda in a press release yesterday. Priorities include: Reauthorization of the Commercial Space Launch Act (CSLA), citing competition within the commercial sector as its primary benefit. Support for the SLS and Orion He wants to hold hearings on the Asteroid Redirect Mission “to …

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