A version of this article appears in the August 11/18 double issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. NASA’s long-cherished goal of -returning to space with a human-rated vehicle capable of supporting a new era of deep-space exploration is closing in on a crucial phase as the agency’s space launch system (SLS) moves from development toward -testing. Work underway ranges from assembly of the SLS launch vehicle and pathfinder Orion crew capsule to preparations for test-firing ...

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