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Orion Making Strides Ahead Of Its First Launch To Space
2014-03-17 13:30:42

NASA Orion is marching ever closer to its first trip to space on a flight that will set the stage for human exploration of new destinations in the solar system. The Orion team continues to work toward completing the spacecraft to be ready for a launch in September-October. However, the initial timeframe for the launch of Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) has shifted from September-October to early December to support allowing more opportunities for launches this year. Completing the...

2014-03-14 16:20:29

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden toured on March 14 the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where testing is underway on the avionics unit for the largest, most powerful rocket ever built. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO At Marshall's System Integration Laboratory, Bolden, along with staff from Alabama's congressional delegation and community leaders, had the opportunity to view the...

2014-03-11 16:20:52

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a firsthand look at the work being done on the Space Launch System (SLS) avionics and flight software during a visit Friday, March 14 to the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Journalists are invited to participate in the tour and media availability at 1:20 p.m. CDT. SLS, NASA's new rocket, will be the...

Mini Rocket Models Used In Big Way For Space Launch System Base Heating Test
2014-03-06 14:29:37

[ Watch The Video: Models Helping Engineers Better Understand Heat ] Megan Davidson, NASA To better understand the heating conditions at the base of what will be the biggest, most powerful rocket ever built, engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are thinking small -- really small. Models of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) core stage RS-25 engines and solid rocket boosters -- scaled down to just 2 percent of the actual size of the flight hardware...

2014-03-05 16:21:05

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected Hensel Phelps Construction Co., of Orlando, Fla., to modify High Bay 3 in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the processing of the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Hensel Phelps will receive a fixed-price contract for $99.57 million, consisting of the base amount and three options. The period of...

nasa budget
2014-03-05 04:11:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The White House has proposed a $17.5 billion budget for NASA that includes $848 million for the development of commercial vehicles to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets reported Tuesday. The amount scheduled to be set aside for a private-sector replacement of the defunct space shuttle program is approximately 40-percent above current outlays,...

2014-03-04 16:20:45

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement is from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the Obama Administration's budget request for the 2015 fiscal year: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "Today, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for the nation, and there is a lot of good news in it for NASA. The president's funding plan for America's space program reaffirms the path we are on, and will keep us...

astronaut retrieving a sample from the captured asteroid
2014-02-25 07:06:06

Sarah Ramsey / Rachel Kraft, NASA Headquarters As the next step in advancing NASA’s asteroid initiative, the agency will host an Opportunities Forum March 26 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The forum, which is open to industry, academia and interested individuals, will provide status updates from ongoing asteroid redirect mission studies and summarize how responses to a 2013 Request for Information (RFI) are helping improve mission planning activities. The event will also...

2014-02-05 16:21:20

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico will design and launch innovative rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-2014 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The NASA Student Launch will be held May 15-17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah. There, the student teams will undergo a rigorous launch readiness review...

2014-01-31 16:20:20

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville, Ala., to design and build a key component of the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket the agency is developing to send humans farther than ever into deep space. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The component is the Launch Vehicle/Stage Adapter (LVSA), which will be used to connect the rocket's 27.5-foot diameter core and 16.4-foot diameter...


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