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NASA Demonstrates Space Launch System Adaptive Controls
2014-03-23 14:22:05

Leslie Williams, Public Affairs, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Can a rocket maneuver like an airplane? And can an airplane act as a surrogate for a maneuvering rocket? NASA engineers demonstrated just that when they used a NASA F/A-18 aircraft recently to simulate a rocket in its early flight phase to test adaptive software for NASA's new rocket the Space Launch System (SLS), the largest, most powerful launch vehicle for deep space missions. The tests are helping engineers...

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...

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...

NASA's Space Launch System Sound Suppression Testing Ramps Up
2014-01-29 12:23:13

NASA The first round of acoustic tests on a scale model of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is underway. The tests will allow engineers to verify the design of the sound suppression system being developed for the agency's new deep space rocket. The testing, which began Jan. 16 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will focus on how low- and high-frequency sound waves affect the rocket on the launch pad. This testing will provide critical data about how the powerful...

2014-01-28 16:20:37

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first round of acoustic tests on a scale model of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is underway. The tests will allow engineers to verify the design of the sound suppression system being developed for the agency's new deep space rocket. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The testing, which began Jan. 16 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will focus on how low- and high-frequency...

NASA's SLS Avionics System Sees First Light
2014-01-10 07:25:59

NASA The modern avionics system that will guide the most powerful rocket ever built saw the light -- the "first light," that is. Hardware, software and operating systems for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) recently were integrated and powered up for an inaugural run -- referred to as "first light." When completed, SLS will be capable of powering humans and potential science payloads to deep space. It has the greatest capacity of any launch system ever built, minimizing cost and risk...

2014-01-09 16:21:12

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The modern avionics system that will guide NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever built, has seen the light. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The flight software and avionics for SLS were integrated and powered for testing Thursday at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., as part of a milestone known as first light. The milestone enables early integration and...

2013-10-23 20:21:25

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Administrator Charles Bolden visited Stennis Space Center in Mississippi Wednesday to welcome employees back to work after the U.S. government shutdown and thank them for their ongoing commitment to the nation's space program. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Bolden held separate meetings with Stennis and NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) employees. At Stennis, he also toured the B-2 Test Stand, which...

NASA To Start Testing Space Launch System Engines
2013-09-06 11:27:38

[ Watch The Video - One Final Test for J-2X Engine No. 10002 ] NASA All sights are set on testing RS-25 engines that will power NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) following completion of a series of hotfire tests on the next-generation J-2X engine Sept. 5. NASA conducted a 330-second test fire of the J-2X rocket engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi. The stand now will be prepared to house and test RS-25 engines, beginning...

3D Printed Rocket Component Blazes To Life In New Firing Test
2013-08-28 04:28:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The largest 3D printed rocket engine component ever tested by NASA produced a record 20,000 pounds of thrust during an engine firing last Thursday, officials at the US space agency have revealed. The component tested during the engine firing was an injector, which delivers propellants used to power an engine and provides the thrust required to launch rockets into space, NASA explained. During the test, liquid oxygen and gaseous...