In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA’s Stennis Space Center reach a milestone in preparation of the Space Launch System (SLS) for its first four mission launches. A Russian resupply missions logs its second fast track flight to the International Space Station (ISS).
Human Space Exploration
Ensuring NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) has the propulsion it needs
Coalition Member in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne
Aerojet Rocketdyne (4/4): All 16 RS-25 Space Launch System (SLS) core stage main engines and vital controllers for the new NASA rocket’s first four missions have now been test fired for flight qualification at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The SLS is to start astronauts of future missions of human deep space exploration, beginning with the Moon. Thursday marked the last of the engine tests, which spanned 500 seconds. Fourteen of the recently qualified SLS core stage engines have flown previously on board space shuttles. NASA’s shuttle fleet was retired in 2011. Two engines assembled from space parts were added to the SLS inventory and test fired. The flight controllers represent a major upgrade from the shuttle, with 20 times the processing capability and weighing 50 pounds less than the shuttle ...