Thursday, September 22, 2011

NASA Releases SLS Acquisition Overview

NASA has posted its Space Launch System Acquisition Overview, the first step towards development of the SLS design released on September 14.

According to the post:

The Space Launch System, or SLS, will be designed to carry NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, as well as important cargo, equipment and science experiments to Earth's orbit and destinations beyond. Additionally, the SLS will serve as a back up for commercial and international partner transportation services to the International Space Station.

I can't recall anyone other than politicians insisting that SLS is a "back up" for ISS access. SLS is designed as a heavy-lift vehicle for travel beyond Earth orbit.

The overview states that existing contracts for the cancelled Ares program will be used to develop the SLS.

UPDATE September 24, 2011Florida Today reports that the SLS contractors will be those who worked on Constellation and Shuttle.

Just more proof that Space Launch System is a politically mandated jobs program.

1 comment:

  1. Not only that, but as they're using the existing Ares contracts, it's more proof that SLS is just the Constellation pig with new lipstick.