NASA’s Big Rocket Misses Another Deadline, Now Won’t Fly Until 2022

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The launch vehicle stage adapter for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket is integrated with the core stage in June. Image: NASA
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NASA SLS: Publicly, NASA is still holding on to the possibility of a 2021 launch date for the debut flight of its Space Launch System rocket. This week, an agency spokesperson told Ars that “NASA is working toward a launch for the Artemis I mission by the end of this year.”

However, a source said the best-case scenario for launching the Artemis 1 mission is spring of next year, with summer being the more realistic target for a test flight of the heavy-lift rocket and Orion spacecraft. The space agency is already running about two months behind internal targets for testing and integrating the rocket at Kennedy Space Center, and the critical pre-flight tests remain ahead. Read more

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Illustrations of several Space Launch System configurations planned by NASA. Image: NASA Read more

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