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Weld by weld, NASA is getting closer to having the biggest rocket once again

Weld by weld, NASA is getting closer to having the biggest rocket once again With the Space Launch System (SLS), slowly coming together by pieces, it hopes to change that.The Space Launch System is a so-called super heavy-lift rocket, which puts it a category ahead of SpaceX’s venerable Falcon Heavy, and which also makes it the most powerful rocket every created.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket significantly more powerful than first thought

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket significantly more powerful than first thought For the last few years, SpaceX has made waves with its Falcon 9 rockets.Now, the company has found another gem, albeit inadvertently — its Falcon 9 rocket is capable of producing far more thrust than it was originally rated for.

Watch NASA test the world’s largest solid rocket booster today live

A spectacular test is scheduled for today at Orbital ATK’s Utah rocket facility where the world’s largest solid rocket booster (SRB) will be fired.The SLS boosters are based on the SRBs that flew on the Space Shuttle missions.

Watch NASA fire the largest solid rocket booster in the world

Watch NASA fire the largest solid rocket booster in the world One of NASA’s main focuses right now is the development of the Space Launch System (SLS).It’s a super heavy-lift launch vehicle class of rocket, intended to take both cargo and crew into space.

SpaceX test-fires new Raptor rocket engine that could take humans to Mars

SpaceX test-fires new Raptor rocket engine that could take humans to Mars Elon Musk has just posted photos of SpaceX’s new Raptor engine undergoing its first successful test fire.The Raptor engine is intended to take humans to Mars.

Powerful New Orleans tornado damages NASA's Michoud rocket factory

Powerful New Orleans tornado damages NASA's Michoud rocket factory A large tornado ripped through New Orleans and the surrounding area Tuesday, leaving a swath of devastation in its wake and damaging NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in the city.It's unclear how much damage the facility, which is helping to manufacture NASA's next mega-rocket, sustained.

NASA may put astronauts on the first flight of its new mega-rocket

NASA may put astronauts on the first flight of its new mega-rocket NASA astronauts may fly to space atop the agency's brand new mega-rocket a lot sooner than expected.This rocket system, which would be the agency's most powerful yet, is currently under development.

NASA may partner with more private companies on launches, rely on heavy lifters from SpaceX, Blue Origin

NASA may partner with more private companies on launches, rely on heavy lifters from SpaceX, Blue Origin Over the last few years, NASA has been one of SpaceX’s biggest supporters and funders.But the relationship between NASA and companies like SpaceX or Blue Origin has been complicated by their divergent goals and timelines for human spaceflight.

NASA successfully tests parachutes on Orion spacecraft

NASA successfully tests parachutes on Orion spacecraft It’s working on the powerful Space Launch System and associated Orion crew capsule for long-range space missions.The agency recently conducted a parachute test on the Orion capsule, and it went off without a hitch.

Lockheed wants to launch manned Mars Base Camp mission by 2028

Lockheed wants to launch manned Mars Base Camp mission by 2028 The hypothetical project would be based on Lockheed’s Mars Base Camp design, which is capable of a three-year round-trip journey to Mars.The Mars Base Camp would not look like your typical spacecraft with its symmetrical appearance.