NASA announced they are ready to move forward with the development of the Space Launch System (SLS) in a news release yesterday. SLS is “an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle that will provide an entirely new national capability for human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit.”
The Space Launch System, or SLS, will be designed to carry the 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.
Below is a NASA video showing the SLS concept, including a virtual launch:
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