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Today’s DeepSpace Extra

12 Oct 2017, 13:38 UTC
Today’s DeepSpace Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Core stage rocket engines reach milestone in preparation for the first flight of NASA’s Space Launch System, Exploration Mission-1.

Human Space Exploration
First four Space Launch System flight engines ready to rumble
Coalition Member in the News (Aerojet Rocketdyne)
NASA (10/11): All four RS-25 engines assigned to the core stage of NASA’s first Space Launch System (SLS) test flight have been qualified for the mission, whose launch date is under review by the space agency. The SLS and Orion capsule are the cornerstones of NASA’s plans to resume human deep space exploration. The first flight, Exploration Mission-1, will send an uncrewed Orion capsule around the moon and back to Earth for recovery. The four engines have been upgraded by Aerojet Rocketdyne after powering 21 previous space shuttle missions. Their next stop is NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where they are to join the SLS core stage for further preparation.
Lockheed seeing payoff from investments in commercial space technology
Coalition Member in the News (Lockheed Martin)
Space News (10/11): Lockheed Martin is finding commercial companies capable of shrinking satellites and space sensors a worthy investment.

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