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NASA’s SLS rocket test wasn’t a great look

January 18th, 2021

NASA’s long-awaited Space Launch System (SLS) was tested in Mississippi this past weekend. The core stage of the rocket, which is the part that will provide the oomph to send missions into space, was fired up for a planned 8-minute test. Unfortunately, the stage shut down after just one minute, and NASA says there was …

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NASA just fired up its SLS booster for the first time and, well, wow

September 3rd, 2020

NASA successfully fired its solid rocket booster that will be part of the Space Launch System rocket. The test was conducted in Utah at the facilities of manufacturer Northrop Grumman. The program has been plagued with delays and cost overruns since its inception. The Space Launch System is NASA’s biggest bet on the future of …

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We’ll finally get to see NASA’s next-gen rocket fire up

August 30th, 2020

NASA’s SLS rocket will be tested at a facility in Utah on Wednesday, September 2nd. The static fire test will be live-streamed for everyone to watch.  The SLS rocket is a long time coming, and this test is a big step toward its eventual first launch, though that isn’t likely to take place for some …

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NASA’s SLS rocket tore open like a tin can

July 5th, 2020

NASA destroyed its pricey Space Launch System rocket during testing, but it was totally planned.  The space agency has to push hardware beyond its limits to know just how much it can endure, and it gathers a huge amount of data from each of these tests. NASA hopes the SLS will carry astronauts to the …

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Boeing’s oft-delayed SLS rocket is now more expensive than ever

March 11th, 2020

NASA’s delayed SLS rocket program, headed by Boeing, continues to disappoint.  Massive budget overruns and significant delays have pushed the completion of the SLS back multiple times.  Other contractors on the project include Northrop Grumman and Aerojet Rocketdyne.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. NASA’s Space Launch System — the massive uber-rocket which will power …

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NASA broke the SLS fuel tank, but swears it did it on purpose

December 9th, 2019

NASA Space Launch System, the rocket system that will eventually provide the means for the space agency to send spacecraft and astronauts to the Moon, is a very big deal. The project has been in the works for a long time, and now that it’s finally starting to come together, NASA wants to make sure …

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NASA is showering Boeing with cash for delayed SLS rocket

October 17th, 2019

Going to the Moon isn’t cheap, no matter how far ahead you can plan for it. Going to the Moon on a dramatically-shortened timeline? Well, that can be even more expensive, and with NASA revealing that it’s close to striking a deal with manufacturer Boeing for up to 10 SLS rocket core stages for the …