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Fraser
2012-Jul-28, 01:20 PM
In 2011, America lost the ability to send humans into space when NASA retired the shuttle program.** Lately, there has been a burst of news about the commercial side of spaceflight and how private companies such as SpaceX and VirginGalatic will soon be able to take over where the shuttle left off.* But that doesn’t [...]

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publiusr
2012-Jul-28, 07:19 PM
Great news. The current issue of Av Week talks about the possible return of the F-1 engine for strap-on LFBs
http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_07_23_2012_p22-477250.xml

Noclevername
2012-Jul-29, 12:00 AM
On July 25th, it hit a major milestone when it was officially upgraded by an independent review board from the “concept development“ phase of the project to the “preliminary design“ phase.

“The in-depth assessment confirm the basic vehicle concepts of the SLS, allowing the team to move forward and start more detailed engineering design.“ William Gerstenmaier of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate said. This puts the system on the path to the next milestone: the preliminary design review expected late next year.


In other words it's still entirely on paper, but now they will be taking a closer look at the paper. ;)

publiusr
2012-Aug-04, 05:39 PM
Doing wind tunnel research now

www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/07/wind-tunnel-testing-sls-configurations-block-1b/