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Old 19-03-2019, 12:00 PM
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NASA Space Launch System (SLS) heavy rocket won't be ready for June 2020 launch

Originally planned to be launched in 2016, NASA reported to Congress on Wednesday that its new heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), won't be ready for its rescheduled June 2020 launch.

It is likely that reliance will have to put upon SpaceX's Falcon Heavy to initially test fly an Orion capsule.

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https://phys.org/news/2019-03-nasa-c...ls-rocket.html
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Old 19-03-2019, 12:14 PM
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Originally planned to be launched in 2016, NASA reported to Congress on Wednesday that its new heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), won't be ready for its rescheduled June 2020 launch.

It is likely that reliance will have to put upon SpaceX's Falcon Heavy to initially test fly an Orion capsule.

Story here :-
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-nasa-c...ls-rocket.html
I hope they don't pressure NASA. Space is a dangerous business and you can't compromise on safety. If it's not ready it's not ready.
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Hmm, and SpaceX is planning on first test flights of its Starship and Raptor engine as early as next week. They are short Hop flights to test control systems and engines in flight. Static firings have already been completed (using first version Raptors). Orbital configuration would use three Raptor version 2) engines. With NASA plans to outsource launch work, why do they persist burning cash on the SLS program? Other than a Space Force military prerogative. I understand SLS has a stated lift capacity of 130 tonnes, whereas Starship/Raptor engine configurations are specs at 200 tonnes. Details here:

https://www.fromspacewithlove.com/sp...p-super-heavy/
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Old 19-03-2019, 01:54 PM
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With NASA plans to outsource launch work, why do they persist burning cash on the SLS program?
NASA long term is to orbit more hardware (like a small ISS) half way down the moon and the moon itself with the orion program. Sure SpaceX and local private contractor can fill in the void to shuttle stuff up and down the ISS meanwhile but I don't think it's NASA's priority. They're looking for the long haul, reliably pushing people, bits and pieces up heavier and further than before.
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