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 Post subject: NASA SLS Update
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:37 am 
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Here's a photo that just came out of the SLS (Space Launch System) Core Stage being installed into the test stand at Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi. From the NASA post: "The SLS core stage is the largest rocket stage ever built by NASA and stands 212 feet tall and measures 27.6 feet in diameter. It is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics, miles of cables, propulsion systems and propellant tanks that hold a total of 733,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to fuel the four RS-25 engines during launch." "The Green Run testing will be the first top-to-bottom integrated testing of the stage’s systems prior to its maiden flight. Green Run testing will take place over several months and culminate with an eight-minute, full-duration hot fire of the stage’s four RS-25 engines to generate 2 million pounds of thrust, as during an actual launch."
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 Post subject: Re: NASA SLS Update
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:04 pm 
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Thanks for the update !

If possible, please give test dates as they approach.

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 Post subject: Re: NASA SLS Update
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We receive an email every week with a link to a blog called "The Marshall Star" (go.nasa.gov/2RZLDgb), which may only be viewable to those on the Marshall Space Flight Center network. We also receive a link to a weekly youtube video called "This Week at NASA". If there is something interesting, I'll try to remember to post it.

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 Post subject: Re: NASA SLS Update
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SLS has suffered from so many development problems, hardware and software, that the coronavirus delays are minor in comparison (it was supposed to launch in 2016). Now they've found comparability issues (rumor: vibrations, etc.) such that it may not be able to launch Europa Clipper without damaging it. Because of these, there's a new language in the NASA appropriations bill that if SLS is not "available" they can launch it commercially (likely Falcon Heavy with a Star-48 kick stage.)


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 Post subject: Re: NASA SLS Update
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There are a sizeable number of spacecraft which have to be launched within a particular window of time in order to be able to reach their destination within a certain time, or before propellant is exhausted. The NEA Scout CubeSat launching on SLS EM-1 has several windows in which there is not a suitable asteroid target within its operational lifespan. But, you have to dance with the one that brought you...

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