NASA’s Space Launch System Could Send Probes to the Outer Planets

By Mark Whittington | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Sat, Jan 7, 2012


SLS concept art from September 2011

NASA Space Flight is reporting that as the development of the Space Launch System proceeds, options are being explored to use its capability to conduct planetary missions to Europa andEnceladus, moons of Jupiter and Saturn.


Why is the SLS being considered for planetary missions to […]

SLS Boosters Raise Hope For Kerosene

By Frank Morring, Jr. Washington

Advanced kerosene-fueled rocket engines will be a serious subtext this week when launch-industry representatives gather for briefings on NASA’s plans to compete the strap-on boosters for its next heavy-lift rocket.

The Space Launch System (SLS) needs new boosters to meet the 130-metric-ton capability that Congress has ordered. While NASA is […]

NASA Fleshes Out SLS Development Schedule

By Frank Morring, Jr., Jefferson Morris Marshall Space Flight Center, Washington

Struggling to stay within a flat budget for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS), NASA plans to halt development of the J-2X rocket engine that will power its upper stage after the ongoing development-test series.

Once the pacing item for the defunct Ares I […]

Aero-Analysis: A Well Earned Mistrust President Obama’s Wandering Course On Human Spaceflight

By Wes Oleszewski 

President Obama Signs NASA Bill

When President Obama signed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 it placed into effect PL111-267. This law mandated that it will be the policy of the United States to have a Federal space launch system and that NASA must develop a Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle to […]

NASA unveils plan for space vehicle to go beyond low-Earth orbit

NASA officials have discussed a trip to circle the moon without landing, a trip to an asteroid and a journey to Mars. But those discussions are far from a concrete plan with a well-defined schedule.

 Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) speak during a news conference on Capitol […]

Florida Senators Chime In on NASA Heavy lift Space Launch System

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor

Senators Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) are the latest lawmakers to send a letter about NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy lift rocket project intended for beyond earth orbit exploration. Addressed to President Obama, the two urge the Administration to commit to SLS, but say it’s OK for current SLS […]