Space http://aviationweek.com/taxonomy/term/7365/more en World’s Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool http://aviationweek.com/space/world-s-largest-spacecraft-welding-tool <div class="node-body article-body">NASA is using a massive friction stir welding tool at the Michoud Assembly Facility to build its first flight structure for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS).</div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/world-s-largest-spacecraft-welding-tool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/world-s-largest-spacecraft-welding-tool#comments Space Technology AWST-Space36 SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM AWST North America Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0000 1504341 at http://aviationweek.com NASA’s Space Launch System On Track For 2018 Launch http://aviationweek.com/space/nasa-s-space-launch-system-track-2018-launch <div class="node-body article-body">The near-term focus for the program is to get the Space Launch System off the ground—without and with humans on top. </div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/nasa-s-space-launch-system-track-2018-launch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/nasa-s-space-launch-system-track-2018-launch#comments Space AWST-Space36 SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM AWST North America Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0000 1504281 at http://aviationweek.com NASA Boeing Building Hydrogen Tank For First SLS Launch http://aviationweek.com/space/boeing-building-hydrogen-tank-first-sls-launch <div class="field-deck"> NASA’s heavy-lift Mars launcher elements take shape at Michoud </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The heavy-lift Space Launch System will be a big vehicle, and NASA is starting to turn out some big pieces—and ground infrastructure—for its first flight in 2018. </div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/boeing-building-hydrogen-tank-first-sls-launch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/boeing-building-hydrogen-tank-first-sls-launch#comments Space AWST-Space36 SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM AWST North America Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0000 1504311 at http://aviationweek.com Frank Morring/AW&ST GAO Criticizes U.S. Air Force A-10 Retirement Planning http://aviationweek.com/defense/gao-criticizes-us-air-force-10-retirement-planning <div class="node-body article-body">In this week’s Washington Outlook column: the GAO dings the Air Force on A-10 retirement plans, and Maryland Space Business Roundtable attendees weigh in on the U.S. presidential election. </div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/defense/gao-criticizes-us-air-force-10-retirement-planning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/defense/gao-criticizes-us-air-force-10-retirement-planning#comments Washington Outlook Defense Space Washington Outlook AWST North America Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0000 1502661 at http://aviationweek.com Ethan Miller/Getty Images When Aviation Week Was Accused of Treason -- The Back Story Revealed http://aviationweek.com/blog/when-aviation-week-was-accused-treason-back-story-revealed <div class="node-body blog-body">A 1957 revelation that the U.S. was tracking Soviet missile launches from a secret radar in Turkey has its roots in sleuthing of students from Kettering Grammar School in the UK.</div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/when-aviation-week-was-accused-treason-back-story-revealed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/when-aviation-week-was-accused-treason-back-story-revealed#comments A Century of Aviation Week Scoops Defense Space From The Archives Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:59:00 +0000 1502781 at http://aviationweek.com China Hot Tests Motor For Lunar Missions http://aviationweek.com/space/china-hot-tests-motor-lunar-missions <div class="field-deck"> Challenges remain for Chinese solid-propellant motor program </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A program begun in 2008 results in testing of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.’s fattest solid-propellant motor so far.</div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/china-hot-tests-motor-lunar-missions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/china-hot-tests-motor-lunar-missions#comments Space Space Asia Pacific AWST chart Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0000 1501651 at http://aviationweek.com Spaceflight Billionaires Bucking A Half-Century Of Experience http://aviationweek.com/space/spaceflight-billionaires-bucking-half-century-experience <div class="field-deck"> Aerojet Rocketdyne taking proven path to new engine </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Aerojet Rocketdyne is applying experience it gained during the past 50 years to a new rocket engine designed to compete with Russian offerings.</div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/spaceflight-billionaires-bucking-half-century-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/spaceflight-billionaires-bucking-half-century-experience#comments In Orbit Space In Orbit AWST North America Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0000 1501111 at http://aviationweek.com Aerojet Rocketdyne NASA Readies 105-ton Variant For Second SLS Mission http://aviationweek.com/space/nasa-readies-105-ton-variant-second-sls-mission <div class="node-body article-body">NASA is using funding it didn’t request to build and fly a more powerful upper stage for the heavy-lift Space Launch System </div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/nasa-readies-105-ton-variant-second-sls-mission" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/nasa-readies-105-ton-variant-second-sls-mission#comments Space Space AWST North America Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0000 1501431 at http://aviationweek.com NASA When Aviation Week Was Accused Of Treason http://aviationweek.com/blog/when-aviation-week-was-accused-treason <div class="node-body blog-body"><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Aviation Week editors routinely get blowback when they write about sensitive topics, and the best example of that may be&nbsp;an October 1957 story that revealed the U.S. had been tracking Russian missile launches from advanced long-range radar units in Turkey. </span></p></div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/when-aviation-week-was-accused-treason" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/when-aviation-week-was-accused-treason#comments A Century of Aviation Week Scoops Defense Space From The Archives Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:27:00 +0000 1501351 at http://aviationweek.com Asteroid Mission Could Shed Light On Origins Of Life On Earth http://aviationweek.com/space/asteroid-mission-could-shed-light-origins-life-earth <div class="field-deck"> Osiris-Rex’s Mission To Gather Asteroid Dust </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S.-led mission to collect samples from asteroid Bennu could also provide valuable information about the possibility that an asteroid collision could wipe out life on the planet.</div> <p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/space/asteroid-mission-could-shed-light-origins-life-earth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/space/asteroid-mission-could-shed-light-origins-life-earth#comments Space AW.com Space North America Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0000 1499641 at http://aviationweek.com NASA Concept