Saturday, August 27, 2011
SLS Tank Design Advances
An artist's concept of the Shuttle-derived Heavy Lift Vehicle. Image source: NASASpaceFlight.com.
NASASpaceFlight.com reports that Boeing has completed work on the "pathfinder" design for a conceptual model of the Space Launch System's liquid oxygen tank.
Managers have already presented their teams with kickoff charts, showing what is now the well-known Shuttle Derived (SD) HLV, along with pointers towards a forward plan to develop the Upper Stage design simultaneously with the core stage ...
Boeing – who officially class themselves as “pursuing work on NASA’s Space Launch System to provide heavy lift capability for exploration beyond Low Earth Orbit” – have already completed testing their manufacturing processes via a sub-scale tank, known as the “Pathfinder”.