In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) has achieved a key milestone with assembly of the first core stage now complete, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine declared on Monday. The Mobile Launch Platform at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), which will hold the SLS and the Orion crew capsule as they are launched, also marked a milestone. Astronomers find nearby stars slinging comets our way.
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Bridenstine proclaims SLS core complete “go SLS”Coalition Members in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, United Launch AllianceSpacepolicyonline.com (12/9): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine declared the core stage of NASA’s first Boeing developed Space Launch System (SLS) rocket complete during a gathering of workers, Congressional representative and local elected officials at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans on Monday. The 212 foot long core now moves on to NASA’s Stennis Space Center, where it will undergo pre-launch testing, including a full duration firing of the four Aerojet Rocketdyne first stage rocket engines. A target launch date for the first test flight, Artemis 1, is still under assessment. A second test flight, Artemis 2, with a second SLS will include astronauts aboard the Orion crew vehicle.
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