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All the way to orbit: After 35 years, is the RS-25 still the Ferrari of rocket engines?

Jason Davis • May 09, 2016 • 21

The RS-25 powered the space shuttle for three decades, and will soon be used on the Space Launch System. Is it still the Ferrari of rocket engines? A deep dive on performance, reliability and the politics of rocket science.

In Pictures: Orion Assembled and Shipped to Kennedy Space Center

Jason Davis • February 05, 2016

The shell of NASA's next Orion spacecraft has been welded together and shipped to Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Here's a photo recap of the assembly and transport process.

New Budget Bolsters NASA's Journey to Mars Plans

Jason Davis • January 08, 2016 • 16

The recently passed omnibus spending bill directs NASA to work on a new upper stage for the Space Launch System, and begin development on deep space habitat modules.

Orion Service Module Faces Roller Coaster of a Ride in Sandusky

Jason Davis • December 01, 2015

The Orion European Service Module test article has arrived at NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, where it's being prepared for acoustic and vibration testing.

At NASA's Johnson Space Center, Preparing for the Future of Human Spaceflight

Jason Davis • November 18, 2015 • 1

As NASA kicks off a multi-decadal effort to send humans to Mars, the agency's traditional human spaceflight centers have had to adapt to new challenges—often more programmatic than technical.

In Pictures: Orion, SLS Hardware on the Move

Jason Davis • November 06, 2015

November is shaping up to be a busy month for Orion and Space Launch System hardware. A human-rated flight engine is in the test stand at Stennis Space Center, and a version of Orion's service module is getting ready to cross the Atlantic.

SLS Sheds White Paint, Completes Critical Design Review

Jason Davis • October 22, 2015 • 7

NASA's Space Launch System officially shed the core stage's white paint job in favor of the vehicle's natural, orange-colored insulation.

NASA's Journey to Mars Report: A Plan to Form a Strategy for a Concept

Jason Davis • October 12, 2015 • 6

NASA released a much-anticipated strategy document outlining the agency's next steps for getting humans to Mars, but the report lacks details. What should we make of it?

Orion Enters Fabrication Phase, but Possible Launch Slip Looms

Jason Davis • September 16, 2015

NASA's Orion spacecraft has officially moved from preliminary design to fabrication, but the agency says the first crewed flight of the vehicle could slip two years, from 2021 to 2023.

Dropping Orion in the Desert: NASA Completes Key Parachute Test

Jason Davis • August 27, 2015 • 2

NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed a key parachute test Aug. 26 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.

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