Monday, April 25, 2011
Space Launch System Design Comes Into Focus
A possible design for the Space Launch System. Illustration source: NASASpaceFlight.com
NASASpaceFlight.com suggests that the Space Launch System may be evolving into a coherent design.
The Space Launch System was ordered by Congress after cancellation of Constellation in 2010. Some critics have dubbed it the "Senate Launch System" as its basic design was dictated by members of the U.S. Senate space subcommittee, implicitly to use contractors and employ voters in their states.
According to the NASASpaceFlight.com article:
Uncertainty over the configuration of the Space Launch System (SLS) Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (HLV) may soon come to a close – at least for the interim – with a plan solidifying for using a 70mt Shuttle Derived (SD) HLV to perform a handful of flights, while another “open competition” for the main “Phase 2″ HLV decides on the configuration of the launch vehicle for the Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) missions in the next decade.