NASA makes final preparations for rocket heading around the moon in February
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — NASA has completed stacking its mega-moon rocket and the spacecraft that will launch on an uncrewed mission around the moon this February. Artemis 1 is will be the first integrated flight of the SLS rocket and the Orion spacecraft. The stack now stands 322 feet tall, and NASA is entering its final phase of testing before launch. READ: No toilet for returning SpaceX crew, stuck using diapersSee more in the video above. READ: ‘Minor medical issue’ delays Crew-3 rocket launch againClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
WATCH: NASA fully assembles SLS rocket ahead of Artemis mission to moon
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA has announced a possible launch window for the mission that will eventually send astronauts back to the moon and beyond. Officials at Kennedy Space Center shared time-lapse video of crews fully assembling the Artemis 1 mission launch vehicle including the SLS rocket, Orion spacecraft and launch-abort system. WATCH: NASA announces coverage plan for week leading up to Crew-3 launchThe Artemis 1 mission will be an uncrewed launch to orbit the moon and return to Earth that will last around four to six weeks. If all tests go well in the months ahead, the launch window is expected to open sometime between Feb.12 and Feb. 27 of next year. “Our team has demonstrated tremendous dedication preparing for the launch of Artemis I.wftv.com
NASA successfully fires up moon rocket during ‘Green Run’ do-over test
At 4:37 p.m. the core stage fired its four engines on the test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. A previous green run hot fire on Jan. 16 was also supposed to run for eight minutes but barely fired for one minute. Ad[RELATED: What to know about NASA’s final Green Run test of the Artemis rocket]🚀 Today, the @NASA_SLS core stage that will power our @NASAArtemis I mission to the Moon successfully completed its Green Run hot fire test. Here’s a recap: https://t.co/QpYSIQq4ox pic.twitter.com/aLmEkS9pbA — NASA (@NASA) March 18, 2021Engineers had to repeat the test to get more data. The core stage will be refurbished before it’s sent via barge ship down to Florida.
Lockheed Martin buys Aerojet Rocketdyne to better compete with Musk's SpaceX, Bezos' Blue Origin
Lockheed Martin intends to buy Aerojet Rocketdyne at a $4.6 billion equity value, a deal that adds rocket engine and spacecraft propulsion assets to the defense contractor as it competes against the likes of Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin in the growing space industry. Lockheed Martin is Aerojet's largest customer, making up about 33% of its sales. "This is clearly a vertical integration play for [Lockheed Martin] and a larger investment on Space. Herbert also pointed to the benefits of vertical integration as a catalyst for Lockheed Martin acquiring Aerojet Rocketdyne. Lockheed Martin recently highlighted SpaceX as a major competitor, shortly after the private company went toe-to-toe with ULA in the latest Pentagon award of billions in launch contracts.cnbc.com
NASA efforts had a $65 billion economic impact last year, agency report shows
NASA's first economic impact report suggests that the agency generated nearly $65 billion in economic impact during fiscal year 2019, with much of that activity coming from the Artemis program to return astronauts to the moon by 2024. "With an investment of just one-half of 1% of the federal budget, NASA generates significant total economic output annually." As for economic impact, the report estimates NASA generated more than $64.3 billion in total economic output, with roughly 20% ($14 billion) of that coming from the moon to Mars initiative. The report adds that every state benefits economically from NASA, with eight states generating an impact of at least $1 billion each due to their affiliation with NASA. Additionally, the agency has more than 700 active international agreements, including the International Space Station , that have further spurred economic development.space.com
Iconic Sahara name returns to Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino made an announcement with a blast from the past as the SLS renamed itself Sahara Las Vegas. Celebrity guests walked the red carpet of the event to show their support to Las Vegas. In 2013, SBE announced that it was changing the name of the hotel-casino to SLS Las Vegas. In 2015, the Starwood Hotels & Resorts bought the Sahara and announced that one of the hotel's towers would be rebranded W Las Vegas. In 2015, the Starwood Hotels & Resorts bought the Sahara and announced that one of the hotel's towers would be rebranded W Las Vegas.