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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’s SLS rocket is finally taking shape, well behind schedule

September 20th, 2019

NASA fully intends to send humans back to the Moon sooner rather than later. Despite funding woes, the agency is still doing its best to hold true to a 2024 deadline set forth by the Trump administration, and things are slowly beginning to come together. In a new blog post, NASA celebrates a significant milestone …

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NASA quietly pushes back its SLS launch estimates to 2021

July 18th, 2019

NASA really, really wants to send astronauts to the Moon and eventually other planets, but it currently doesn’t have a rocket capable of such feats. The Space Launch System (SLS) is NASA’s solution, but the development of the rocket has taken far longer — and cost far more — than the agency ever planned. NASA’s …

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NASA’s deep space launch system is ‘coming together’

March 11th, 2019

Anyone who dreams of seeing humans travel to Mars will be happy to hear that NASA just offered a detailed update on the progress of the vehicle that could get us there. The Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule are both “coming together,” according to NASA. NASA offered a rough timeline of when …