NASA publicizes the approval of the next generation rocket known as Space Launch System (SLS) about a year ago. This significant consent will permit the organization to move ahead with plans that diverge from formulation tests and more towards practical stages of constructing the rocket.
Recently NASA formally opened their Vertical Assembly Center at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA to begin working on the SLS. This is the largest spacecraft welding tool ever built.
This indicates that NASA continues to smash new ground both here and in space. Speaking of space, “The SLS Program continues to make significant process.” “The core stage and boosters have both completed critical design review, and NASA recently approved the SLS Program’s progression from formulation to development. This is a major milestone for the program and proof the first new design for SLS is mature enough for production,” says Todd May, SLS program manager.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says that “This rocket is a game changer in terms of deep space exploration and will launch NASA astronauts to investigate asteroids and explore the surface of Mars while opening new possibilities for science missions, as well,”
This manufacturing plant holds welding equipment that stands 170 feet tall and 78 feet across. Indeed, they need to construct the rocket first, and that’s where the Vertical Assembly Center comes in to play. The SLS will stand at least 200 feet tall with a diameter of 27.6 feet across. The first rocket will be a 70-metric-ton version of the plan but will have the ability of lifting and carrying 130 metric tons of cargo into space. The rocket itself will be even bigger than the toolkit. It will take at least three years to complete and cost more than 7 billion dollars.