Space Launch System (SLS)
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is an advanced, heavy-lift launch vehicle which will provide an entirely new capability for science and human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. The Space Launch System will give the nation a safe, afford¬able and sustainable means of reaching beyond our current limits and open new doors of discovery from the unique vantage point of space.
The Space Launch System, or SLS, will carry the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, as well as important cargo, equipment and science experi¬ments, to deep space. The Orion spacecraft will carry up to four astronauts beyond low Earth orbit on long-duration, deep space missions and include both crew and service modules and a launch abort system to significantly increase crew safety.
SLS will be the most powerful rocket in history and is designed to be flexible and evolvable, to meet a variety of crew and cargo mission needs.
Review Status: SLS was chartered as a project review by the HEOMD. The SLS PDR is scheduled for July, 2013.
Review Manager: Arthur Sparrow