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NASA Space Launch System (SLS)

Archibald

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On the other hand:

My reaction

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Frack. One of the strongest supporter of SLS in Congress in 2010 (ask Lori Garver about all this, for all her flaws elsewhere).

Merde.

At least we are lucky that, unlike the Webb's days, NASA administrator is kind of strawman those days...

Plus, crewed Dragon is flying now and SpaceX don't need NASA funding (Moon Starship) to go to Mars: Starlink cash cow plus Elon $200 billion should be enough.
 

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Here's a NASA short video of them preparing to stack the SLS first-stage:


And it being lifted into place:


Although the second video doesn't show it the first-stage has been soft-mated and within the next day or so will be hard-mated (No doubt followed by connecting the various umbilicals followed by the stacking of the conical interstage adaptor).
 

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I've become totally jaded by how SpaceX does things. Problem solving through fly-crash-fix-fly; working to a single goal with minimal government interference.

SLS personifies crony capitalism, retro-science, Congressional rocket engineering (a stinking group of failed lawyers who write and pass laws to enrich themselves and their 'friends'), and Federal Welfare doled out to faithful contractor/party donors. Waste on parade!
 

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