NASA’s Space Launch System takes flight. Image Credit: Boeing

Though the SLS will eventually evolve to a larger and more powerful configuration,
the core stage will remain the core of the design. Image Credit: NASA

SLS’ Core Stage is Finally Ready for Construction

By Amy Teitel

NASA has passed yet another milestone in the ongoing development of its Space Launch System (SLS)—the rocket that will launch Orion to the Moon and beyond. The rocket’s core stage is finally ready to move from concept to construction.

SLS is NASA’s next big, heavy lift vehicle that will surpass the Saturn V in size and power. And it’s sort of like a Saturn V merged with the space shuttle’s launch system. The rocket has a central core stage analogous to the Saturn V’s first stage with two external boosters reminiscent of the shuttle’s. The spacecraft—Orion—will sit on top like the Apollo command module sat atop the Saturn.

This latest SLS’ preliminary design review was held on Thursday, December 20, at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. In attendance were agency representatives as well as representatives from Boeing; the aerospace company’s Exploration Launch Systems in Huntsville will build the core stage. The review was held at Marshall as it’s managing the whole SLS program.

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