All Roads Lead to Launch Pad

A large truck can transport a rocket component the size of one engine. But how do you transport a piece as tall as, say, the Leaning Tower of Pisa to a launch pad?

SLS (Space Launch System) Pathway To Launch Pad All roads lead to the pad is a good way to explain how the Orion spacecraft for future interplanetary space travel will occur. NASA is preparing for the first of many flights of the agency’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. Every day we’re making progress… Continue reading All Roads Lead to Launch Pad

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The 83rd Thing Learned from QM-2

During the two-minute booster test, 537 instrumentation channels provided data to meet 82 different test objectives.

The 83rd Thing Learned from QM-2! They came for an awesome display of pure propulsive power. This was a thing to behold! They got a lesson in the realities of spaceflight. …Followed by an awesome display of pure propulsive power. While engineers in Utah prepared for the second Qualification Motor (QM-2) test of a Space Launch… Continue reading The 83rd Thing Learned from QM-2

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Happy Earth Independence Day!

US Flag SLS Flyby

HAPPY EARTH INDEPENDENCE DAY! On Monday, the United States celebrated the Fourth of July. Fireworks and backyard grills were ignited across the country. A couple hundred miles above us, the International Space Station orbited earth with two spacecraft attached to it. What do these two things have in common? It is a quest for independence. The… Continue reading Happy Earth Independence Day!

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SLS Avionics: The Brain Without a Body

SLS Avionics and Software: The Nervous System of Next Generation Rocket Technology! If you compared NASA’s powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to a human body, the avionics and software would be the nervous system and brain that monitor the body’s condition and makes and sends decisions. Just a few of the hundreds of operations… Continue reading SLS Avionics: The Brain Without a Body

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