In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Work on the core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS), which is to start astronauts on future missions of deep space exploration is reaching new milestones leading to first flight. NASA’s Mars InSight begins regular red planet weather reports. The International Space Station (ISS) prepares for X-ray communications tests.
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Boeing reaches milestone of firsts with forward join of NASA’s inaugural SLS Core Stage
Coalition Member in the News – Boeing
NASAspaceflight.com (2/19): At NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, prime contractor Boeing has reached a significant milestone in efforts to assemble the upper segment of the new Space Launch System (SLS) core stage with three elements, the forward skirt, liquid oxygen tank and intertank. Remaining segments of the SLS core are slated to be joined later this year. Much of the work so far has progressed despite a record December/January partial U.S. government shutdown affecting NASA, among other civil federal agencies. The work underway is intended to prepare for the first joint test flight of the SLS and Orion crew capsule, an uncrewed mission called Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1). EM-1 is to send Orion around the Moon and ...