HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- NASA will host an industry day at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. to share information on an upcoming NASA Research Announcement for the Space Launch System's (SLS) advanced booster. Marshall is leading the design and development of the SLS on behalf of the agency. The new heavy-lift launch vehicle will expand human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and enable new missions of exploration across the solar system.
The 130-metric ton, evolved SLS vehicle will require an advanced booster with a significant increase in thrust over existing U.S. liquid or solid boosters. Its first full-scale test flight is set for 2017.
The industry day will be held Dec. 15, at 9 a.m. CST in the Morris Auditorium in Marshall's building 4200. Media representatives are invited to cover the event and interview NASA management beginning at 9:45 a.m. CST. Speakers will include Dan Dumbacher, NASA's Exploration Systems Development deputy associate administrator at agency headquarters in Washington, and Todd May, SLS program manager at Marshall.
Journalists interested in attending should contact Jennifer Stanfield in Marshall's Public and Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 4 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Dec. 14. To ensure adequate security processing time on the day of the event, media should report to the Redstone Arsenal Joint Visitor Control Center at Gate 9 by 8 a.m., with two photo IDs, vehicle registration and proof of car insurance. Visitor parking is available in front of Building 4200 on the south side.
For information about NASA's Space Launch System development effort, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/sls