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SPACE LAUNCH REPORT
by
Ed Kyle



Exploring NASA's Constellation and Post-Constellation Plans
Recent, and Archived, Space Launch Report Articles and Editorials
Updated January 26, 2014

slscargo.jpg (11432 bytes)Space Launch System Progress, January 2014

January 26, 2014

liberty3s.jpg (11526 bytes)Liberty Launch System vies for NASA Commercial Crew

ATK, Astrium, and Lockheed Martin team to offer Liberty, a Commercial Crew competitor.


moonr4s.jpg (12431 bytes)NASA's Lunar Quest

NASA spacecraft have already returned to the Moon, and more are on the way.

sls-dynetics.jpg (9397 bytes)Return of F-1?

Space Launch Report examines a compelling possibility - using F-1A powered liquid boosters to achieve SLS Block 2 goals without having to develop an upper stage.


sls-blk1.jpg (13785 bytes)SLS Details

Space Launch Report has added an SLS Data Sheet to its Library page.  The data sheet provides details, known and projected, on NASA's planned heavy lifter.


sls-evolveds.jpg (14314 bytes)NASA Announces SLS Plans

After months of delays, NASA announced its Space Launch System plans on September 14, 2011.  Will NASA be able to afford the new system?

slsrefs.jpg (7510 bytes)SLS:  Winners and Losers

Descriptions of SLS alternatives studied by NASA's Requirements Analysis Cycle (RAC) Teams, including the Shuttle-Derived "winner" and the kerosene/LOX and modular "losers".

June 17, 2011

 

sls3-1.jpg (9965 bytes)Super-Kerosene All-Liquid SLS Options

A moderized Saturn V?

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sls62xs.jpg (8066 bytes)An All-Liquid, Shuttle-Derived SLS Alternative

A lower-cost Beyond-LEO Launch Architecture (Updated November 24, 2010)


d4horions.jpg (4882 bytes)Delta IV/Orion Test Discussed
October 1, 2010

A 2013 orbital test flight is proposed.

sls1s.jpg (8636 bytes)Space Launch System
September 2010

Can the U.S. find a mission for a Shuttle-Derived Space Launch System

Can it afford the cost?


 
hldps.jpg (8532 bytes)Super Heavy Fight
May 2010

The White House and Congress are locked in a battle over NASA's future mission.  

Two Super Heavy Launch Vehicles stand in the fight. 

One would presevere NASA's infrastructure.  The other would see it scrapped.  One would lift more payload.  The other would cost fewer dollars.

d337.jpg (12133 bytes)To the Moon, Slowly
April 2010

Is there a way for astronauts to return to the Moon without breaking NASA's budget?  Ed Kyle contemplates how it might be done.



all-liquidss.jpg (15960 bytes)All-Liquid:   A Super Heavy Lift Alternative?
November 2009

The recent Augustine Committee report evaluated a series of Super-Heavy launch options for deep space human exploration, but it did not describe an "all-liquid" approach for 100 tonne plus payload Super Heavy Lift (or, as NASA calls it, Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (HLLV)).   With a November 23, 2009 article, Space Launch Report examines the All Liquid Super Heavy alternatives.



sdv-mms.jpg (8130 bytes)History of Shuttle-Derived Heavy Lift
2007, Updated 2010

moon1s.jpg (12666 bytes)An Alternative Launch Architecture
August 2006

An inspiration for the DIRECT team?



ares1xgo8.jpg (6957 bytes)Ares 1

ares5f.jpg (15800 bytes)Ares 5