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Space Launch System rocket passes design certification review

11 Oct 2021, 18:45 UTC
Space Launch System rocket passes design certification review
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NASA’s Space Launch System rocket in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA
NASA has carried out the design certification review of the Space Launch System, the agency said, as it continues to prepare the vehicle for its inaugural flight.
As part of the design certification review, or DCR, NASA examines all test data and inspection reports while sifting through every aspect of the rocket’s corroborations and verifications as needed for safety, operating conditions and reliability as teams prepare for the launch of the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission, now likely occurring in early 2022.
Artist’s rendering of NASA’s Space Launch System lifting off from Launch Complex 39B. Image Credit: NASA
“We have certified the first NASA super-heavy-lift rocket built for human spaceflight in 50 years for missions to the Moon and beyond,” said David Beaman, the manager for SLS Systems Engineering and Integration who led the review team, in an agency news release. “NASA’s mature processes and testing philosophy help us ask the right questions, so we can design and build a rocket that is powerful, safe, and makes the boldest missions possible.”
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