Space Launch System (SLS)

Active Space Launch System

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Nov. 16, 2022

Description

The Space Launch System (SLS) is an American Space Shuttle-derived heavy expendable launch vehicle. It is part of NASA's deep space exploration plans including as the main launch vehicle of the Artemis program. SLS follows the cancellation of the Constellation program, and is to replace the retired Space Shuttle.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    111.0 m
  • Diameter
    8.4 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    8.4 m
  • Launch Mass
    2628 T
  • Thrust
    39000 kN
Family
  • Name
    Space Launch System (SLS)
  • Family
    Space Launch System
  • Variant
    Block 1
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Space Launch System Block 1
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $2000000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    95000 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Government
Administrator: Bill Nelson
NASA 1958

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Upcoming Spaceflights


SLS Block 1 | Artemis II

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
TBD May, 2024
Status: To Be Determined
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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SLS Block 1 | Artemis III

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
TBD June, 2025
Status: To Be Determined
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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SLS Block 1 | Artemis I

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Nov. 16, 2022, 6:47 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Human Exploration

Artemis I (previously Exploration Mission 1) is the first flight on Space Launch System and the second flight of Orion crew spacecraft. Mission is planned to be an uncrewed circumlunar flight.

Lunar Orbit
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Soyuz 2.1b
Success
3 days, 15 hours ago
Kosmos 2565 (Lotos-S1 #7)
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Note: Payload identity uncertain. Multiple other military payloads that are not identified may be on board. Lotos-S1 spacecraft is a part of the L…


Long March 2
Success
4 days, 21 hours ago
Shenzhou 15
Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Fourth crewed flight to the Chinese large modular space station.


Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M
Success
5 days, 20 hours ago
Glonass-M No. 61 (Kosmos 2564)
43/3 (43L) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Glonass-M, also known as Uragan-M, are the second generation of Uragan satellite design used for GLONASS satellite navigation system. GLONASS is a Ru…


Long March 2D
Success
6 days, 23 hours ago
Yaogan 36 Group 03
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

3 Chinese military reconnaissance satellites.


Falcon 9
Success
1 week ago
Dragon CRS-2 SpX-26
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

26th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station operated by SpaceX. The flight will be conducted under the second Commer…