ULA prepares for its first ever Vulcan flight

ULA, or United Launch Alliance, is preparing for the launch of its new Vulcan rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The inaugural flight is scheduled for January 8, 2024, and will carry Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative and the Artemis program.

The Vulcan Centaur is set to replace ULA’s Delta IV family of rockets and Atlas

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Boeing’s Progress on SLS Core Stage Final Assembly at KSC

Boeing is making significant progress in the production of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) core stages, with a change in the production process. Future builds, including the core stage for Artemis III, will now be carried out at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The completion of the core stage for Artemis II is nearing its final integrated testing at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans. The engine section for Artemis III has been transported to

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Boeing accelerates final assembly to meet year-end deadline for Artemis II SLS Core Stage

Boeing is working to accelerate the final assembly of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage to meet the year-end deadline for the Artemis II mission. After a cost-saving slowdown during the summer, Boeing has resumed two shifts a day at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The goal is to complete testing and checkout of the unit that will help send NASA astronauts back to the Moon. Testing is expected to be finished by the end of November, with additional thermal protection system (

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SLS Addresses Supply Chain and Weld Issues to Meet Artemis II Core Stage Deadline

NASA is making progress on the completion of the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage for the Artemis II lunar flyby mission. Despite delays caused by supply chain issues and a weld tool problem, NASA aims to complete Core Stage-2 by the end of this year. Core Stage-2 is assigned to the Artemis II mission, which will send four astronauts to the Moon. The completion and delivery of Core Stage-3 is planned for late 2024 or early 2025.

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Construction Progress: Crew Tower at SLC-40 Soars, Comprehensive Update on Roberts Road Expansion

Florida’s Space Coast is seeing significant construction progress as SpaceX and Blue Origin work to enhance their infrastructure and prepare for future testing. At Blue Origin’s manufacturing complex, hardware has been accumulating outside the main production building, indicating progress in designing and building the New Glenn launcher. With a diameter of 7 meters and a height of approximately 98 meters, New Glenn will be larger than other vehicles in its class. Blue Origin has also submitted plans for a new facility in Cape Canaveral, covering nearly

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NASA Artemis Manifest Hindered by Lack of SLS Rockets

NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to send astronauts back to the Moon, is facing obstacles due to a lack of Space Launch System (SLS) rockets. The space agency does not have enough vehicles to increase the flight rate of its crewed Orion spacecraft in the coming decade. Only two more SLS vehicles are available until the completion of the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) upgrade, expected to be ready by late 2028.

After the planned Artemis II lunar flyby test flight

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Germany Signs Artemis Accords as Artemis II Crew Visits Bremen

Germany has signed the Artemis Accords, a non-binding agreement with the United States and partner nations to support human exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond. This announcement came as the entire crew of the Artemis II mission visited the Airbus facility in Bremen, Germany, to observe the progress of the mission. During the media event, the crew answered questions from the media and shared their experiences visiting the engineers and facilities in Bremen. The crew also had the opportunity to tour the clean room

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The Installation of RS-25 Engine into Artemis II SLS Core Stage Commences

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of L3Harris Technologies, has begun installing its RS-25 liquid-propellant rocket engines into NASA’s second Space Launch System (SLS) core stage at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The installation process, which began on September 11, was delayed by several months due to core stage readiness issues. The engines were initially prepared for installation earlier this year but had to be stored again. The first engine to be installed was engine

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NASA Updates ML-1 for Artemis II Mission and Continues Construction of ML-2 for SLS Block IB

NASA is making significant upgrades to its Mobile Launcher (ML) in preparation for the Artemis missions. Mobile Launcher-1 (ML-1) is currently undergoing testing and validation, while Mobile Launcher-2 (ML-2) is being constructed for future missions. The upgrades to ML-1 include modifications to the rainbird heads and the Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression (IOP/SS) systems. The rainbird heads have been modified to enhance water flow and coverage on the

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