Space Launch System of NASA enters its crucial design review period

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), has moved into its phase of design review  critically, which saw the leviathan rocket given a heads-up for a full blown  construction. The review must be passed with flying colors for the SLS maiden launch date slated in 2017 to be realized.

Innovative designs of the rocket, like the 54 meter or 177 feet solid fuel boosters and the R-25 main stage engines already passed the design review. With this accomplishment, a rocket assessment takes place in the review of the integrated program, requiring the analysis of thousands of documentation and months of back breaking work for the  NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center staff, located in Huntsville, Alabama.

A comprehensive analysis of the SLS’s design is involved in this process guaranteeing it meets a set of rigorous standard, emphasizing on cost, safety, sustainability and schedule constraints.

Once it passes the critical and rigid review period set for conclusion in July of this year, it continues to a timetable of production, assemblage, integration, testing eventually leading to the launching of its maiden flight.

The launch will witness a monster blast of a non-human operated Orion space vehicle beyond the  low orbit of Earth. A futuristic variation of the rocket will represent the most powerful launch vehicle ever created, with a lifting  capability that far exceeds that of the legendary Apollo-era Saturn-V rocket.

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Sources: http://www.gizmag.com/nasas-space-launch-system-critical-design-review/37468/

 

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