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posted by Fnord666 on Monday November 30 2020, @12:55PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the stacking-exercise dept.

SLS: Nasa 'megarocket' assembly begins in Florida:

Nasa has started assembling the first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on a launch platform ahead of its maiden flight next year.

The SLS is the giant rocket that will send US astronauts back to the Moon this decade - with the first crewed landing targeted for 2024.

Engineers in Florida have begun stacking the segments that make up the vehicle's two solid rocket boosters.

[...] Teams at Nasa's Kennedy Space Center in Florida lowered the first of 10 booster segments into place on a structure known as the mobile launcher on 21 November. The process is taking place inside the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy.

The boosters will burn six tonnes of solid, aluminium-based propellant each second when the SLS launches. They provide 75% of the vehicle's thrust at lift-off.

The mobile launcher they're being stacked on is a 115m (380ft) -tall structure that's used to process and assemble the SLS before moving it to the launch pad.

It's a huge symbolic step, not only for the SLS - which has been under development for a decade - but also Nasa's plan to send the next man and the first woman to the lunar surface by 2024, known as Artemis.


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NASA has asked the US aerospace industry how it would go about "maximizing the long-term efficiency and sustainability" of the Space Launch System rocket and its associated ground systems.

[...] In its request NASA says it would like to fly the SLS rocket for "30 years or more" as a national capability. Moreover, the agency wants the rocket to become a "sustainable and affordable system for moving humans and large cargo payloads to cislunar and deep-space destinations."

[...] Among the rocket's chief architects was then-Florida Senator Bill Nelson, who steered billions of dollars to Kennedy Space Center in his home state for upgraded ground systems equipment to support the rocket. Back in 2011, he proudly said the rocket would be delivered on time and on budget.

"This rocket is coming in at the cost of... not only what we estimated in the NASA Authorization act, but less," Nelson said at the time. "The cost of the rocket over a five- to six-year period in the NASA authorization bill was to be no more than $11.5 billion. This costs $10 billion for the rocket." Later, he went further, saying, "If we can't do a rocket for $11.5 billion, we ought to close up shop."

After more than 10 years, and more than $30 billion spent on the rocket and its ground systems, NASA has not closed up shop. Rather, Nelson has ascended to become the space agency's administrator.

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  • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by legont on Monday November 30 2020, @01:33PM (6 children)

    by legont (4179) on Monday November 30 2020, @01:33PM (#1082349)

    and the first woman to the lunar surface by 2024

    The Bitch makes perfect candidate for the Moon, but I am all right with her riding Musk to Mars as well.

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    • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Monday November 30 2020, @02:21PM (5 children)

      by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Monday November 30 2020, @02:21PM (#1082362)

      I don't follow, what is your point?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @03:02PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @03:02PM (#1082372)

        It's either a Melania or a Hilary joke. Bitch, you see? That was the clue. Very clever.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @04:53PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @04:53PM (#1082428)

        I don't follow, what is your point?

        Legont is frustrated. As you *should* know, the difference between a "bitch" and a "slut" is that that a slut will fuck anyone and a bitch will fuck anyone *but you*.

        Does that clear things up for you?

        • (Score: 2) by legont on Monday November 30 2020, @05:52PM (1 child)

          by legont (4179) on Monday November 30 2020, @05:52PM (#1082456)

          That's exactly what I wanted to say. She will not fuck me - no way - I am prepared. However, she will fuck up you - all of you - because your brain was melted by propaganda.

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          • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 01 2020, @01:43AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 01 2020, @01:43AM (#1082641)

            Nevada has legal prostitution, why don't you avail yourself of such services instead of lashing out at the world?

  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by takyon on Monday November 30 2020, @01:40PM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Monday November 30 2020, @01:40PM (#1082350) Journal

    SpaceX sets dates for Starship static fire, high-altitude launch debut [teslarati.com]

    Liable to begin as soon as November 30th per public road closure notices, Musk says that Starship serial number 8’s (SN8) launch debut – both Starship’s first fully-assembled flight test and first high-altitude launch attempt – is now scheduled no earlier than (NET) 8 am to 5 pm CST (UTC-6) on Wednesday, December 2nd.

    November 30th will instead host what is believed to be a unique kind of static fire test for Starship SN8, hopefully proving that the rocket has a decent shot at surviving its risky launch debut.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @02:24PM (9 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @02:24PM (#1082364)

    There’s been a change of plans (or soon will be) https://www.businessinsider.com/biden-agenda-for-nasa-space-exploration-2020-11 [businessinsider.com]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @03:03PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @03:03PM (#1082375)

      Yeah, first 4 years will be solving the Iran crisis. Not much time for anything else.

    • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Monday November 30 2020, @03:04PM (3 children)

      by HiThere (866) on Monday November 30 2020, @03:04PM (#1082376) Journal

      That's a bit speculative. Biden hasn't announced any specific plans, just some people who would be in charge.

      That said, there's often a "change of plans" when an election changes the folks in charge. This makes long term plans a bit difficult, whether they're good or not.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @03:19PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @03:19PM (#1082386)

        I'm worried when Kushner leaves there will be nobody to solve the Middle East crisis, nor reimagine the entire Federal government. Perhaps Joe Biden can tempt him to stay on and finish his important work [google.com].

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @04:20PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @04:20PM (#1082410)

          He is so busy he doesn't even have time to finish Jared Jr.

      • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Tuesday December 01 2020, @01:14AM

        by Immerman (3985) on Tuesday December 01 2020, @01:14AM (#1082635)

        Indeed - in fact that's why the SLS is still plodding forward despite the fact that it's likely to be obsolete before its first real launch. The program was packed with so much pork as to make it cancel-proof, after previous programs were canceled when administrations changed.

        Sadly, but not surprisingly, faced with a cost-plus contract that couldn't realistically be cancelled, the contractors are grossly over budget and far behind schedule.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by takyon on Monday November 30 2020, @03:33PM

      by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Monday November 30 2020, @03:33PM (#1082392) Journal

      It's extremely likely that SLS launches at least once, and that the Artemis program continues, albeit with less urgency (no crewed landing in 2024) and funding.

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    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday November 30 2020, @04:12PM (2 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday November 30 2020, @04:12PM (#1082407) Journal

      By delaying the Artemis program, this will give SLS the necessary time to continue development on their rocket under their cost plus contract. Can't rush things.

      Those last three words sound like they could have been said by someone at Blue Origin.

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      • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday November 30 2020, @04:23PM

        by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Monday November 30 2020, @04:23PM (#1082414) Journal

        Gradatim Ferociter!

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      • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @04:59PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 30 2020, @04:59PM (#1082430)

        By delaying the Artemis program, this will give SLS the necessary time to continue development on their rocket under their cost plus contract. Can't rush things.

        That's not the issue *at all*. This is the issue [youtube.com]. It was the beginning of the great age of human exploration of space.

  • (Score: 2, Informative) by iWantToKeepAnon on Monday November 30 2020, @07:47PM (1 child)

    by iWantToKeepAnon (686) Subscriber Badge on Monday November 30 2020, @07:47PM (#1082502) Homepage Journal
    Acronyms should be all caps, Abbreviations should be capitalized. The style guide should be linked to the FAQ page; I can't find it now but IIRC that is the rule of thumb. In any case "Nasa" instead of "NASA" is just wrong. : /
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 01 2020, @08:24AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 01 2020, @08:24AM (#1082762)

    meanwhile, it was reported that a power supply unit in Orion's Service Module has fritzed out and needs to be replaced.
    https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2020/11/30/21726753/nasa-orion-crew-capsule-power-unit-failure-artemis-i [theverge.com]

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