/r/SpaceLaunchSystem

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Discussion on the NASA Space Launch System and Orion MPCV program.

A subreddit for articles, images, videos and discussion relating to the SLS/Orion program.


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  1. Submissions should not be duplicates or re-posts

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  3. Be civil

  4. Keep threads on-topic

  5. Keep comments on-topic outside the opinion thread

  6. No low-effort content

  7. No op-eds or editorials outside the opinion thread

  8. The opinion thread has unique rules

  9. No editorialized headlines


Successful Launches

Date Mission Vehicle
2022 Artemis 1 Block 1

Planned Launch Schedule (Subject to change)

Date Mission Vehicle
2024 Artemis 2 Block 1
2025 Artemis 3 Block 1
2027 Artemis 4 Block 1B

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Amazingly clear footage of Artemis 1 SLS launch, from liftoff through SRB separation.

4 Comments
2024/04/06
02:48 UTC

19

NASA Orion Model - Lego Ideas

Hello everyone, I am a test engineer on Orion and have created a model of the spacecraft out of Lego for consideration for the Lego Ideas program. Please support if possible!

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/d30e807c-b2d6-476a-9f4f-bba62bba3549

3 Comments
2024/03/29
21:10 UTC

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A Universal Stage Adapter test article for SLS 1B being transported to MSFC.

2 Comments
2024/03/03
20:09 UTC

15

A fresh look at SLS Orion development costs

SLS and Orion costs – the third rail of cost estimating

This also includes a comparison to the Shuttle development and assorted observations on the difficulties in these cost estimates.

1 Comment
2024/02/29
15:57 UTC

102

Artemis 2: Orion's exterior window panel seen preparing for installation recently

5 Comments
2024/02/24
01:36 UTC

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Was it a mistake to prioritize The Moon and Mars?

Mars is covered in perchlorates, is generally inhospitable, and to cap it all off has 1/3 Earth Gravity. The Moon isn't much better, with the added bit that there's absolutely no protection from radiation on either planetary body. We don't know the "minimum dose" of gravity yet required for humans to thrive and reproduce, and we also cannot pretend that launching hundreds, maybe thousands of rockets (reusable or not) is good for our environment.

Was it a mistake to reorient Orion, SLS, and general NASA program hardware towards the moon and Mars instead of the original asteroid redirect missions that the Obama admin were pushing for? resources gathered from asteroids would be orders of magnitude more valuable to space exploration efforts being that they are already on orbit. We'd also have the ability to ensure Earth like gravity and environments through centripetal ring stations, alleviating various micro-gravity related issues that we've seen crop up on the space station.

Basically: are the Moon and Mars pipe dreams distracting us from what we should be doing? Gravity wells that will trap us in the folly of trying to adapt to another planet when in fact we should be bringing our environments with us?

49 Comments
2024/01/09
05:25 UTC

112

Artemis 1: Orion is being moved to the Neil Armstrong Test Facility for further qualification testing

4 Comments
2024/01/06
00:00 UTC

49

Artemis 2: SRB aft exit cones are undergoing inspections at the RPSF ahead of stacking

2 Comments
2023/12/18
23:21 UTC

67

Artemis 1 - Orion reentry, descent and landing - uncut with onboard audio

9 Comments
2023/12/12
05:57 UTC

49

How would the SLS handle an occasion where one of the Solid Boosters fail to start?

I thought about this and wonder if this would be dangerous when people are on board

77 Comments
2023/12/05
12:48 UTC

18

Artemis I 360 Degree/3D Videos Filmed in the VAB, During Rollout, and During Launch

2 Comments
2023/12/02
20:11 UTC

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Farther and Faster: NASA's Journey to the Moon with Artemis

0 Comments
2023/11/16
20:07 UTC

196

SLS if it was cool

21 Comments
2023/11/13
02:19 UTC

75

Farthest Outpost (CG)

0 Comments
2023/11/09
05:58 UTC

77

Orion CM-003 has been mated to ESM-2

0 Comments
2023/10/23
22:04 UTC

19

Artemis 3 Alternative (CG)

1 Comment
2023/10/23
16:31 UTC

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