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America's Next Rocket

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 4, 2014 2:33 pm via: NASA
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NASA’s Space Launch System, or SLS, will be the most powerful rocket in history. The flexible, evolvable design of this advanced, heavy-lift launch vehicle will meet a variety of crew and cargo mission needs.

In addition to carrying the Orion spacecraft, SLS will transfer important cargo, equipment and science experiments to deep space, providing the nation with a safe, affordable and sustainable means to expand our reach in the solar system. It will allow astronauts aboard Orion to explore multiple deep-space destinations including an asteroid and ultimately Mars.

Image Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

The first configuration of the SLS launch vehicle will have a 70-metric-ton (77-ton) lift capacity and carry an uncrewed Orion spacecraft beyond low-Earth orbit to test the performance of the integrated system. As the SLS is evolved, it will be the most powerful rocket ever built and provide an unprecedented lift capability of 130 metric tons (143 tons) to enable missions even farther into our solar system.

4 Comments
Hi,

It is about friggin time!

If elected President of the United States in 2016, I will continue this systems development, and take America back to the Moon, and to Mars.....then to an Asteroid!
SLS will take you to none of these destinations...
Oh yes it will. If morons will quit trying to kill it
Hi,

It is an architecture system that will, and it can be configured to each mission, and there are non better in the public or private sector as capable.
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