NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Development Status and Mission Opportunities

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7 pm at Huntsville-Madison County Main Public Library Main Auditorium, with Ben Donahue, The Boeing Company.

The NASA Space Launch System (SLS) will provide a game‐changing capability for the exploration of other worlds, beginning with the Block 1 configuration that utilizes the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS). In 2023, the new NASA Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) will evolve the SLS to a significantly higher performance level. The EUS optimizes the powerful SLS Core and Booster Stages, and will provide the capability of achieving greater human exploration, operations and science objectives for 2020‐2040 era Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) missions, including crewed Cis‐lunar missions in the mid‐2020s, crewed Lunar Surface missions in the late 2020's and crewed Mars missions in the mid‐ 2030s. In this report the Block 1 and 1B configurations and the EUS will be described along with some missions that take advantage of the larger, higher performing EUS upper stage.

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Huntsville-Madison County Main Public Library Main Auditorium

Huntsville-Madison County Main Public Library is located at 915 Monroe Street in downtown Huntsville. The main auditorium is on the right when you come in the main entrance.