The federal auditors who keep tabs on NASA released a 44-page audit Wednesday of the space agency's efforts to build the giant new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. It wasn't a rave review. NASA bills SLS "America's next great rocket" able to carry astronauts beyond Earth orbit, back to the moon and eventually to Mars. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville is leading SLS development just as it has led every NASA rocket program including the Saturn V moon rocket and the space shuttle. There's a lot more to this story than one audit, including budget decisions made by political leadership in Washington that affected the resources Marshall and prime contractor Boeing had for the job. But here are 10 things we learned from the audit about how Marshall has managed SLS so far and how Boeing has performed. 1. Building rockets to carry humans safely into deep space and back is about as hard as it gets. People don't compare tough jobs to "rocket science" for no reason. NASA hasn't … [Read more...] about 10 things we learned about NASA’s Space Launch System in that audit
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Federal auditors released a highly critical audit today of NASA's Space Launch System, managed in Alabama, saying the big new rocket the agency is counting on to send astronauts back into deep space will cost taxpayers $8.9 billion by the end of 2021 - double the amount originally planned. SLS is $226 million above budget plans this fiscal year alone, auditors from NASA's Office of the Inspector General said, and delivery of the Core Stage of the rocket has slipped to December 2019 "and may slip further." Development of the rocket is been managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, and one of its chief congressional sponsors is U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "Cost increases and schedule delays of Core Stage development can be traced largely to management, technical and infrastructure issues driven by (prime contractor) Boeing's poor performance," auditors said. The core stage of SLS is the bottom stage containing … [Read more...] about Auditors say Space Launch System plagued with problems, overruns
August 8, 2018 | NASA Headquarters Washington, D.C. – The first major piece of core stage hardware for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket has been assembled and is ready to be joined with other hardware for Exploration Mission-1, the first integrated flight of SLS and the Orion spacecraft. SLS will enable a new era of exploration beyond low-Earth orbit, launching crew and cargo on deep space exploration missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. The backbone of the world’s most powerful rocket, the 212-foot-tall core stage, will contain the SLS rocket’s four RS-25 rocket engines, propellant tanks, flight computers and much more. Though the smallest part of the core stage, the forward skirt will serve two critical roles. It will connect the upper part of the rocket to the core stage and house many of the flight computers, or avionics. The first major piece of core stage hardware for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket has been assembled and is ready to be joined … [Read more...] about NASA’s Space Launch System rocket’s Core Stage has been assembled
[STK][IN] ARO CPR STM[SU] × Story continues below video -- WITH PHOTO -- TO NATIONAL, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY EDITORS:NASA, ULA Launch Mission to Study How Mars Was MadeWASHINGTON, May 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's MarsInterior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and HeatTransport (InSight) mission is on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars tostudy for the first time what lies deep beneath the surface of the RedPlanet. InSight launched at 7:05 a.m. EDT (4:05 am PDT) Saturday fromVandenberg Air Force Base, California."The United States continues to lead the way to Mars with this nextexciting mission to study the Red Planet's core and geologicalprocesses," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "I want tocongratulate all the teams from NASA and our international partnerswho made this accomplishment possible. As we continue to gain momentumin our work to send astronauts back to the Moon and on to Mars,missions like InSight are going to prove … [Read more...] about NASA, ULA Launch Mission to Study How Mars Was Made
Supported by Science By KENNETH CHANGMAY 5, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story On Saturday, NASA is planning to extend its explorations of Mars with the launch of a robotic lander named InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.Unlike earlier missions that focused on what is at the surface, InSight will instead peer deep inside the red planet. The information it gathers will allow planetary scientists to compare Mars and Earth and better understand how rocky planets form. It could also provide insights to planets around distant stars and how likely those possess climates and conditions that would be habitable to life.When is the launch and how can I watch it?The Atlas 5 rocket carrying the InSight spacecraft is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 5 at 7:05 a.m. Eastern Time.Although Air Force officials said on Thursday that foggy … [Read more...] about NASA Is Launching the InSight Spacecraft to Mars. Watch It Here.