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It’s Finally Here! -- Assembly of NASA’s First SLS (Saturn V on Steroids) Begins at Kennedy Space Center

Posted by Guy Pirro 07/26/2021 02:48PM

It’s Finally Here! -- Assembly of NASA’s First SLS (Saturn V on Steroids) Begins at Kennedy Space Center

It’s finally here! -- NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is a super-heavy-lift launch vehicle that provides the foundation for human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. The core stage of the SLS rocket has been delivered to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, placed on the mobile launcher, and attached to the twin solid rocket boosters inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Serving as the backbone of the giant rocket, the core stage supports the weight of the payload, upper stage, and crew vehicle, and is the main structural element that bears the full thrust of its four powerful engines and two five-segment solid rocket boosters. The 188,000-pound core stage, with its four RS-25 engines, will provide more than 2 million pounds of thrust during launch and ascent and, coupled with the boosters, will provide more than 8.8 million pounds of thrust to send the Artemis I mission to space. Artemis I will be an uncrewed test of the Orion spacecraft and SLS rocket as an integrated system ahead of crewed flights to the Moon.


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Are all or any of these systems reusable? How much do these systems cost and who pays for it? Does the air force or space force have redundant systems for military purposes?

Rod:

Good questions.


Are all or any of these systems reusable?

Out of the three main systems: The SLS rocket, the Orion Capsule, and the Lunar Lander, only the Lunar Lander is designed to be reusable. The SLS rocket (along with its solid rocket boosters) and the Orion Capsule are not reusable.


How much do these systems cost?

Costs can be broken down into three components: Development Costs, Operations Costs, and the Costs of the actual hardware. According to NASA’s Inspector General, NASA has spent $37.2 billion on the Artemis Program so far and the total will reach $86 billion by the end of FY2025.


Who pays for it?

NASA pays for the Artemis Program, and obviously NASA is funded by the US Government.


Does the air force or space force have redundant systems for military purposes?

I’m not aware of any military purposes for the Artemis Program.


Hope this helps,

Guy Pirro