NASA deep-space rocket, SLS, to launch in 2018

Aug 27, 2014
Artist concept of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) 70-metric-ton configuration launching to space. Credit: NASA

The US space agency's powerful deep-space rocket, known as the Space Launch System (SLS), aims to blast off for the first time in 2018, NASA said Wednesday.

The SLS has been in development for three years already, and when finished it should propel spacecraft beyond Earth's orbit and eventually launch crew vehicles to Mars by the 2030s.

NASA has now completed a thorough review of the project, signifying formal agency commitment to the 70 metric ton version of the SLS at a cost of $7.021 billion from 2014 to 2018.

"The program is making real, significant progress," said William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for the Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA.

"We will keep the teams working toward a more ambitious readiness date, but will be ready no later than November 2018."

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), however issued a report last month that called into question the space's agency's current funding plan for SLS, saying it "may be $400 million short of what the program needs."

The GAO also raised concerns about the development schedule and how engineers will integrate hardware that was designed to fly on a cancelled NASA program known as Constellation that would have returned humans to the Moon.

Gerstenmaier said NASA was taking those concerns into account and is seeking to address the GAO's recommendations.

The SLS is NASA's first heavy-lift launch vehicle in over 40 years, and the has estimated total costs in developing the first of three SLS variants at $12 billion.

The SLS will "provide an unprecedented lift capability of 130 metric tons (143 tons), which will enable missions even farther into our solar system, including such destinations as an asteroid and Mars," NASA said.

The Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle is a separate project under development that aims to launch atop the SLS and carry people on a months-long journey to the Red Planet.

The first space flight test for Orion is set for December.

"We are moving. We are going now," said NASA associate administrator Robert Lightfoot.

"After rigorous review, we're committing today to a funding level and readiness date that will keep us on track to sending humans to Mars in the 2030s—and we're going to stand behind that commitment."

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Uncle Ira
3.4 / 5 (5) Aug 27, 2014
Pickm some things from this list.


Well Cher there is not anything on that list that ol Ira is wanting right now.

But if you have room on your next list maybe you could tell my bosses that ol Ira would really like to have the electric drive installed on the new boats when they build the next new ones. They give better control over the boat handling, take less maintenance, are cleaner, and are cheaper to operate even though they do cost more to install new. And with the right set up you can even eliminate the big axillary transfer pump engines.

I have been asking them, but they ain't listening to me no.

Now Skippy, why you not like the SLS deep-space rocket idea? Don't you think we need a couple of those for going out to deep-space?
Uncle Ira
3 / 5 (4) Aug 27, 2014
27. Piezoelectric self charging Batteries 28, Magnetic Field Regauging 29. HoJo Motor
30. Superhydrophobia 31. Steam from the sun 32. Cannae Drive/EmDrive 33. Traveling Wave Reactor
Paul D. Maher http://www.coldfusionnow.org



@ Paul-Skippy, is that the end of the list this time? Or you got more? And I will tell you one thing, please don't be telling the peoples here they are greasy and smell bad. They are mostly a pretty good crew, mostly, except for the Really-Skippy and he ain't greasy, and I don't know how he smells, he's just got the mental condition.

Oh yeah I almost forgot to tell you one another thing. The President don't read the physorg. He's got bigger worries to worry about. Maybe you should write him your own letter about Bushnell-Skippy instead of trying to get somebody here to write it for you.
Uncle Ira
3.4 / 5 (5) Aug 27, 2014
Hey, Maybe their are reasons that I am not privy to concerning our need to get farther out into space, but.NASA, the DOE, The Executive Branch, Congress and the Judicial System seem to find it just to damned easy to ignore most of the things on my list. .


Hey back to you Skippy. They ignoring my list too so don't feel bad Cher.

NASA, the DOE, The Executive Branch, Congress and the Judicial System


Paul-Skippy that there is your problem. You are trying to take on too many peoples in different places to get to quit ignoring you. This article is about the deep-space going rocket SLS thing. You should be looking for the articles about the things on your list that is getting ignored. I really don't think that The Executive Branch, Congress and the Judicial System is reading physorg to pick out what they should ignore.

Uncle Ira
3.4 / 5 (5) Aug 27, 2014
So, I'm whistling in the wind, no more, no less. The president sure isn't going to listen to guy like me. I got no money, I got no college degree, I'm sure not a politician. But I am dead nuts certain that there are men within NASA that could certainly get the Executive Branches Ear.


There are some smart peoples here, but I don't think those NASA-Skippys or Executive-Skippys come here to get advice on who to ignore.

Or is everybody going to just leave it to Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Peter Diamandis and Frank Carlucci?


It's their money Skippy they can spend it like they like.

I continue to look for like minded individuals that are in influential places. I think that it is interesting to note that not all big money guys are afraid of new energy paradigms. Bill Gates is building a Standing Wave Reactor


I wouldn't call the physorg a influential place. Is that Standing Wave Reactor on your list? Maybe you should send Gates-Skippy a thank you note.
Uncle Ira
3.4 / 5 (5) Aug 27, 2014
Hey, I was only using the teat talk regarding the oil, and fission folks. You don't work for those guys do ya'?


I am the engineer on the towboat. We push barges up the Mississippi and down the Mississippi. We are the most fuel efficient and cheapest way of transportation going, we cost a tenth as much as the next cheapest carrier, the railroad trains.. The boat I work on can move 7 or 6 acres of barges with just one boat. That's 42 barges, each bulk barge can carry as much as 16 rail-cars or 75 semi-trucks.
OZGuy
4.7 / 5 (12) Aug 27, 2014
@pmaher_art

BTW a quick "heads-up" .. that cool stuff you see on TV sci-fi shows isn't real.
encoded
5 / 5 (6) Aug 28, 2014
space battles are cooler on TV than in real life.
jalmy
1 / 5 (6) Aug 28, 2014
What a epic waste of money and resources.
freethinking
1 / 5 (12) Aug 28, 2014
When it doesn't succeed, what will the democrats do?
1. Blame Bush
2. Say they lost all emails
3. Blame the Tea Party
4. Blame the republicans
5. Say they didn't know anything about it as Obama was playing golf.
6. You need to launch it before you read the plans
7. It's no problem as NASA's mission is to make Muslim countries feel good
Uncle Ira
4.2 / 5 (6) Aug 28, 2014
When it doesn't succeed, what will the democrats do?
1. Blame Bush


They got that right.

2. Say they lost all emails


Don't matter none, the Tea-Party-Skippys couldn't read them anyway.

3. Blame the Tea Party


If the shoe fits then stick him on a Tea-Party-Skippy's foot.

4. Blame the republicans


Sounds about right, if it's true it's true.

5. Say they didn't know anything about it as Obama was playing golf.


Obama by himself playing golf can get more done than any dozen Tea-Party-Skippys can. They still trying to learn to read the Cat-Hat-Green-Eggs book.

6. You need to launch it before you read the plans


That won you a silly looking pointy cap. Got no idea what that could mean.

7. It's no problem as NASA's mission is to make Muslim countries feel good


That got you the privilege of wearing the silly looking pointy cap in the lunch room Skippy. Care to try for the privilege of wearying him home?
freethinking
1 / 5 (11) Aug 28, 2014
Uncle, you are a perfect example of a democrat. I bet you can't wait for a republican to become president again so you can.
1. blame them for any storms/natural disasters
2. blame them if gas prices rise
3. say the economy is in crisis with 4% unemployment
4. blame him for terrorists hating the USA

Right now you won't/can't say a word against
Government corruption crony capitalism
That gas price are above $3.50 (Obama wants it over $5.00)
Food inflation > 5%
Real income has decreased over that last 6 years by 7%
Real unemployment approx. 16%
Race relations worse since the 1950's
Obamacare has increase the number of people without healthcare AND increase cost of healthcare by an average of $3-5K
America's enemies think the USA is a Joke
America's allies can't trust the USA
Terrorists are using the open boarders to enter into the USA.
Obama / Democrats giving Criminal aliens more rights than citizens.
Loss of freedoms
But hey, what can you expect when democrats are in power.
Uncle Ira
5 / 5 (5) Aug 28, 2014
Right now you won't/can't say a word against
Government corruption crony capitalism


Let's see what I can say.

That gas price are above $3.50 (Obama wants it over $5.00)


Bush had it up to about $4.00 too, a couple of times, that's the truth. Look him up.

Food inflation > 5%


5% since when? Don't forget to peek at the Republican-Skippy years.

Real income has decreased over that last 6 years by 7%


Not for me, ol Ira's gone up by about more than %20.

Real unemployment approx. 16%


Blame the congress-Skippys not Obama for that. They the ones that don't want to do nothing.

More silly stuffs that the Tea-Party-Skippys say a lot.


I think you can thank the Tea-Party-Skippys for all that bad stuffs. They the ones in the bad mood all the time because peoples are jumping off their wagon.
freethinking
1 / 5 (11) Aug 28, 2014
Uncle you must be a government employee or working for the government which would explain why you are making more.
Democrats the party of blame and shame. Obama, it's not my fault I was golfing.

Democrats only support the following types of people
those that work for the government
the rich coney capitalists who give very generously to the democrats via kickbacks of government programs.
the criminals (rapists, murderers, criminal aliens, democrats who are tax cheats, pedophiles
special interest groups especially the 2 percenters.
racist and race baiters.
Terrorists
Enemies of the USA

Ask yourself this, when is the last time that the democrat party stood up for the military, hard working business owners, honest hardworking tax payers, honest law abiding citizens, people of integrity?

Uncle Ira
3.7 / 5 (6) Aug 28, 2014
Uncle you must be a government employee or working for the government which would explain why you are making more.


No I am not the government employee or work for the government. But they sure work on me from time to time. I'm the chief engineer on a really BIG towboat me. On the Mississippi River and sometimes on the Ohio River.

Closest I ever come to doing government work was when we rescued a Corps of Engineers' dredge that slipped his moorings and was drifting free. And that was only because we happen to be right there without a tow.
Uncle Ira
4.3 / 5 (6) Aug 28, 2014
Democrats only support the following types of people
those that work for the government
the rich coney capitalists who give very generously to the democrats via kickbacks of government programs.
the criminals (rapists, murderers, criminal aliens, democrats who are tax cheats, pedophiles
special interest groups especially the 2 percenters.
racist and race baiters.
Terrorists
Enemies of the USA


Well I must be a pretty poor Democrat. I don't qualify for any of those things. So I guess you win a silly looking pointy cap to go with your Tea-Party-Skippy sign.
freethinking
1 / 5 (11) Aug 28, 2014
Say what you will Uncle, Based on your comments and other indications my guess is you are either

one of the many Sockpuppet here or someone who is paid by the government or other progressive agency to post pro democrat, pro government posts.

So what are you? A sockpuppet or paid Progressive troll? Since honesty and progressives don't go together..... we will never know.
Uncle Ira
5 / 5 (5) Aug 28, 2014
@ free-Skippy. I can tell you are a real Tea-Party-Skippy you.

But as far as basing on the comments you must be really stupid. Anybody stupid enough to think somebody is going pay me money for the stuffs I write here has to have found a home with the Tea-Party-Skippys. They the only ones stupid enough to think something like that.

ethereal
5 / 5 (3) Aug 28, 2014
Keep up the good work! I'll be waiting for 2018 ;)
freethinking
1 / 5 (11) Aug 29, 2014
The Paid progressive government trolls (ppgt) are out I see.
nilbud
4.3 / 5 (6) Aug 29, 2014
Free from thinking, go away, you are far far too stupid.
nilbud
3.7 / 5 (3) Aug 29, 2014
Maher your list is a collection of scams, no one is ever going to pay any attention to it.
freethinking
1 / 5 (9) Aug 29, 2014
nibud or should we call you PPGT. Got your talking points yet from the Democratic national committee?
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Aug 30, 2014
The fantasist forgot one.

"The NASA team just presented their test results at 50th Joint Propulsion Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, and have verified the claims of Guido Fetta. The results have been published in a paper titled "Anomalous Thrust Production from an RF Test Device Measured on a Low-Thrust Torsion Pendulum"

NO PROPELLENT

"expected to be in the 0.4 newton per kilowatt electric (N/kWe) range, which is about seven times higher than the
current state of the art Hall thruster in use on orbit today. The following figures show the value proposition for this
class of electric propulsion. Figure 23 shows a conservative 300 kilowatt solar electric propulsion roundtrip human
exploration class mission to Mars/Deimos. Figure 24 shows a 90 metric ton 2 megawatt (MW) nuclear electric
propulsion mission to Mars that has considerable reduction in transit times due to having a thrust to mass ratio
greater than the gravitational acceleration of the Sun (0.6 milli-g's at 1 AU)"
Vietvet
5 / 5 (3) Aug 31, 2014
@Ghost

Where are the links?

Sometimes I up vote you and sometimes I down vote you and it is often on the same thread. And sometimes it is because you post quotes without links. Come to think of it, you rarely provide links.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (2) Aug 31, 2014
Sometimes I up vote you and sometimes I down vote you and it is often on the same thread. And sometimes it is because you post quotes without links. Come to think of it, you rarely provide links
-When I post something in quotes it means it is a quote. You can take all or part of that quote and drop it into google to find the source. I just tried it. It works really well.

This has the added advantage of showing a number and variety of sources. Additionally you can google names like guido fetta to find his original pre-NASA work.

I was going to post the link but ran out of room and/or forgot. Fetta is claiming some fantastic energy output for domestic applications. He says geosynchronous orbit is actually easier to achieve than low orbit because of the constant output of this thing.

As always thank you for your patronage.
rgw
not rated yet Sep 15, 2014
Lot of missing links in these comments. I also did not know that there are so many types of Skippy Peanut butter.