Exploring NASA's Constellation and
Recent, and Archived, Space Launch Report Articles and
Updated May 14, 2012
Launch System vies for NASA Commercial Crew
ATK, Astrium, and Lockheed
Martin team to offer Liberty, a Commercial Crew competitor.
NASA spacecraft have already returned
to the Moon, and more are on the way.
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.
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.
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?
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
All-Liquid SLS Options
A moderized Saturn V?
An All-Liquid, Shuttle-Derived SLS Alternative
A lower-cost Beyond-LEO
Launch Architecture (Updated November 24, 2010)
IV/Orion Test Discussed
October 1, 2010
A 2013 orbital test flight
Can the U.S. find a mission for a Shuttle-Derived
Space Launch System?
Can it afford the cost?
Super Heavy Fight
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
the Moon, Slowly
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-Liquid: A Super Heavy Lift Alternative?
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
History of Shuttle-Derived Heavy Lift
2007, Updated 2010
An Alternative Launch
An inspiration for the DIRECT team?