Launch System


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Launch System

 

in space technology, a structure designed to hold launch vehicles and to raise them to a vertical launch position and keep them upright until launched. It also supplies them with fuel and with pneumatic and electrical power. The launch system is a constituent part of a launching pad.

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I am also very proud that Marshall has designed and built the rocket system, the Space Launch System, which will make missions to the Moon and Mars possible.
The launch system is designed to carry crew and resources to the moon and Mars, along with sending satellites into orbit around the Earth.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine recently said that the only way to get back to the lunar surface is via the space agency's own launch systems SLS and Orion.
An aircraft launch system (a catapult) aboard an aircraft carrier is needed to accelerate radar surveillance aircraft or planes with the thrust/weight ratio insufficient for taking off from the ski-jump ramp on the carrier's fore end.
Over the past decade, a wave of new companies--benefiting from the deep pocketbooks of Silicon Valley billionaires--have invested in developing rapid, mobile and affordable launch systems, bringing a new momentum to the commercial market.
The maiden unpiloted flight of NASA's Space Launch System, a heavy-lift human-rated rocket and one of the agency's core programs, will likely not be ready for takeoff until 2020, officials said recently.
'NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot has asked Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, to initiate a study to assess the feasibility of adding a crew to Exploration Mission-1, the first integrated flight of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft,' NASA said in a statement in its website.
During the 2017-2020 period, Seoul will develop and deploy an unguided projectile that can be mounted on a new 230 mm multiple rocket launch system built locally to deal with the North's artillery threats, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said in a statement.
The results from these tests of a 3-D printed F-1 gas generator adds more information to help NASA and the aerospace industry reduce the risks associated with using 3-D printing to make future engine parts, especially for future versions of spacecraft like NASA's new Space Launch System.
New York (AirGuide - Airline & Travel News) Wed, Feb 19, 2014 - NASA next week will review the launcher, capsule and ground systems that are part of its Space Launch System at Johnson Space Center in Texas.
The 6 kg, 558mm-long bomb fitted with a semiactive laser guidance system receives its target grids through the launch system. The bomb is also fitted with a GPS that allows it to be dropped off-axis, and preferred angle of attack can be selected making the system suitable for urban warfare.