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Today’s Deep Space Extra

9 Jan 2020, 15:45 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The initial Space Launch System (SLS) core stage for the first joint launch with an Orion capsule on an uncrewed test flight around the Moon left the factory on Wednesday. NASA may seek more investment from commercial partners selected to develop lunar landers for the Artemis initiative in response to a pre-Christmas appropriation for 2020 that was less then requested by NASA.
Human Space ExplorationFirst SLS core stage departs factoryCoalition Members in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne, BoeingSpaceflightnow.com (1/8): At NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the first core stage completed for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket was loaded on a barge Wednesday for its next step toward launch. NASA’s Pegasus barge will transport the 212 foot long stage assembled by Boeing to NASA’s Stennis Space Center in neighboring Mississippi. There, it will undergo a “green run” to include a full duration ground test firing of the four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines later this year ahead of its transfer to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for launch on a date currently under review. The initial SLS will power an uncrewed Orion capsule on a multi-week test flight around the Moon and back to ...

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