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NASA’s New Heavy-Lift Rocket Will Be Ready For Launch By 2018
NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket designed for deep space exploration will be ready for its first flight no later than 2018 agency and is expected to cost $7 billion through the first launch officials announced Wednesday after completing a key review.
The Space Launch System is the rocket NASA has been designing to carry humans beyond low-Earth orbit and eventually to Mars. It is intended to replace the space shuttle fleet, which was retired in 2011. Passing the review, known as Key Decision Point C, is something NASA said “no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.”
NASA maintains that the first test flight of the SLS could happen as early as 2017, but that the agency is committed to having the rocket ready for launch by the end of 2018. The space agency is now moving forward from the formulation stage to the development of the heavy-lift rocket.
Read more: http://www.penny4nasa.org/2014/08/28/nasas-new-heavy-lift-rocket-for-deep-space-flight-will-be-ready-for-launch-by-2018/