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No photos yet but there's now 2 sets of SRB segments on the launchpad.

Regardless of opinion- countdown to launch has begun with the stacking of these segments requiring them to launch within a ~year before they exceed their limits & need to be unstacked.

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This is big:

https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/533382-nasas-europa-clipper-has-been-liberated-from-the-space-launch-system

Europa Clipper is no longer mandated to launch on SLS - it will now only launch on one if it is available. This opens the door for commercial launch vehicles - maybe a Falcon Heavy with a kickstage, or even distributed launch.

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9 hours ago, ZooNamedGames said:

No photos yet but there's now 2 sets of SRB segments on the launchpad.

Regardless of opinion- countdown to launch has begun with the stacking of these segments requiring them to launch within a ~year before they exceed their limits & need to be unstacked.

SLS was required by law to launch in 2016. If there is a deadline, it will find a way to push it back.

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3 hours ago, .50calBMG said:

SLS was required by law to launch in 2016. If there is a deadline, it will find a way to push it back.

Those laws are written by more or less the same crew that keep shoveling money into SLS (well, the Senate is the main source, thus Senate Launch System, but it can't keep going without the House along for the ride).

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17 hours ago, StrandedonEarth said:

Love SLS or hate SLS, that would be a heckuva show!

This was only one engine I think... still...

 

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Not for long though

 

Just now, RealKerbal3x said:

And shutdown at 60 seconds. Not sure if norminal or not.

Maybe nominal shutdown, but the plan was for at least 250 seconds, and hopefully the full 8 minutes

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