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NASA unveils new Space Launch System

Posted on Thursday, 15 September, 2011 | Comment icon 34 comments | News tip by: septic peg

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The new launcher will be the most powerful ever built, capable of taking humans to the Moon and Mars.

More powerful than even the Saturn V rocket, the new launch system will be used in conjunction with the manned Orion capsule that is in development to deliver astronauts to their destination. The first launch is scheduled for 2017 and there are plans to send humans to an asteroid as early as 2025.

"The SLS will borrow many technologies developed for the recently retired space shuttle programme."

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Comment icon #25 Posted by Rafterman on 17 September, 2011, 13:03
A total waste of money , but it's your money not mine , and if you want to see social programs suffer through lack of funding then that's good too , because ultimately it'll be you who suffers . Perhaps you should compare US spending on social programming vs the space program before making such comments.
Comment icon #26 Posted by The Russian Hare on 17 September, 2011, 13:13
Please, NASA's budget is tiny compared to the social services, which accomplish far less with far greater amounts of money... NASA is not taking a cent away from starving poor people.
Comment icon #27 Posted by ~C.S.M~ on 17 September, 2011, 13:40
social services are not a waste, but there isnt any future in social spendings. NASA on the other hand, develop tecnologies, advances science, and create jobs. Jobs are made for workers, technicians, engierneers, sceintist and others. Tecnologies that will be used around the world will be developed (remember the tech advancement based on the moon missions) and unique science work will be done. Sorry peopl. There isnt any comparission, NASA IS NEEDED. Perhaps if we invested more in space, we could have avoided or lessened the econ-crisis? About chemical rockets, there isnt any [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Czero 101 on 17 September, 2011, 18:22
This looks like Atlas V or Delta IV pumped up this 2011 not 1967 enough with stupid dangeous rockets lets move on to something better and safer how about a vehicles with a force field to replace the heat shield something new please and different. Considering that "force fields" do not yet exist in any way that could be used as a practical solution as you are requesting, the more logical thing to do is what NASA is doing, leverage current proven technology and design a new vehicle based on it. I like this design far better than "The Stick". Though putting the engines at the bottom of the fuel t... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Rafterman on 17 September, 2011, 21:26
Not to mention, any type of deep space engine will more than likely be assembled in orbit and we'll probably use good old fashioned chemical rockets to get the parts up there. There's a reason the USS Enterprise never landed.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Trog on 17 September, 2011, 22:18
I'm very happy with the replies , out of 98000 members only 19 are interested enough to want this program to continue ..... The numbers speak for themselves ..... But it's nice to see some very small , some infinitesimal amount of dedication .... I hope you get what you want .
Comment icon #31 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 17 September, 2011, 23:14
19 are interested enough to want this program to continue i want it to continue XD
Comment icon #32 Posted by ~C.S.M~ on 18 September, 2011, 12:43
I'm very happy with the replies , out of 98000 members only 19 are interested enough to want this program to continue ..... The numbers speak for themselves ..... But it's nice to see some very small , some infinitesimal amount of dedication .... I hope you get what you want . Yes hopefully. Usefull programs with a bright future should get the go ahead, even if 98000 or 2000000 ignorant people are against. beside only a handfull are against. Think about that, how much development you get from social programs contra space? Hint a black hole that sucks money. So Yes to space all the way along :-... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by DONTEATUS on 22 September, 2011, 2:57
I like this design far better than "The Stick". Though putting the engines at the bottom of the fuel tanks is going to be interesting to see how they do it. And as for the "Nay" posts. All I have to say is , " This is Reality , not T.V.!" NASA knows what works THe Stick is Back !
Comment icon #34 Posted by Dom3434 on 24 September, 2011, 15:48
Nasa unveils Space Launch System vision Quote: "Nasa's top official, General Charles Bolden, hails the beginning of the post-shuttle era The design for a huge rocket to take humans to asteroids and Mars has been unveiled by the US space agency Nasa. The Space Launch System (SLS), as it is currently known, will be the most powerful launcher ever built - more powerful even than the Saturn V rockets that put men on the Moon. Source: Quiet incredible actually. although for a mars exploration they might need to figure out a way to make artificial gravity "they... [More]

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