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NASA Announces Post-Shuttle Super Rocket

NASA unveiled the design of its long-awaited post-shuttle super rocket Wednesday, a gargantuan Saturn 5-class booster intended to propel the agency’s manned Orion crew capsules beyond low-Earth orbit and onto a variety of deep space destinations ranging from nearby asteroids to Mars.

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If fully funded and developed, it will be the most powerful rocket ever built, dwarfing the lift capability of the space shuttle and exceeding that of the mighty Saturn 5 that propelled the Apollo missions to the moon.

“This launch system will create good-paying American jobs, ensure continued U.S. leadership in space and inspire millions around the world,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. “President Obama challenged us to be bold and dream big, and that’s exactly what we are doing at NASA. While I was proud to fly on the space shuttle, tomorrow’s explorers will now dream of one day walking on Mars.”

The initial version of the heavy-lift rocket will feature two five-segment shuttle-derived solid-fuel boosters strapped to a 27.5-foot-wide first stage powered by three RS-25D/E shuttle main engines. The second stage will use an upgraded Apollo J-2X engine, giving the Space Launch System — SLS — rocket the ability to lift 154,000 pounds of payload with a first stage thrust of 8.25 million pounds.

An upgraded version equipped with five shuttle main engines will have a liftoff thrust of some 9 million pounds and be able to loft more than 130 metric tons, or 286,000 pounds, to low-Earth orbit.

For comparison, the Saturn 5 rockets that powered the Apollo moon program stood 363 feet tall, generated 7.5 million pounds of first-stage thrust and were capable of boosting 263,000 pounds of payload to low-Earth orbit. The space shuttle, not counting its own weight, could carry a maximum payload of about 50,000 pounds.

Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s chief of space operations, said the agency plans one or two unmanned test flights, the first in 2017, using five-segment solid-fuel strap on boosters built by Alliant Techsystems Inc., builder of the shuttle’s four-segment boosters and the bigger five-segment rockets intended for the now-canceled Constellation moon program.

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