NASA’s Superheavy Rocket Stacked For Flight

NASA Space Launch System rocket
After a 10-year development, NASA’s first Space Launch System rocket is in preparation for liftoff in 2022.
Credit: Frank Michaux/NASA
Critics of NASA’s decade-long, $30 billion-plus investment in the Orion capsule and Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket often point to SpaceX’s Starship as an alternative, less-expensive transportation system for human deep-space travel. But the government-owned Orion-Space Launch System (SLS) has...
Irene Klotz

Irene Klotz is Senior Space Editor for Aviation Week, based in Cape Canaveral. Before joining Aviation Week in 2017, Irene spent 25 years as a wire service reporter covering human and robotic spaceflight, commercial space, astronomy, science and technology for Reuters and United Press International.

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