NASA´s space launch system (SLS) is a highly technologically developed launch rocketthat will be used to place men in space. To date, this is the most powerful rocket ever built for these purposes. It will launch space vehicle Orion and astronauts in missions to explore target planets and asteroidsis the solar system, including an asteroid and the planet Mars, and eventually Jupiter and Saturn.


This is a very powerful rocket capable of moving missions into space at a faster rate than any other rocket before. The first SLS rocket-there are three evolved designs of this rocket, has the capability of lifting minimum of 70 metric tons (77 tons).

It´s powered by two twin five segmented rocket boosters and four RS-25 liquid propellant engines. It´s a little taller than the Statue of Liberty at 98 meters (322 ft.) tall.

It can produce 8, 8 million pounds of push at lift off, which is 15% more push than the Saturn V vehicle. Its carrying capacity exceeds by three times the capacity of the space shuttle. With more than 60 meters (200 ft.) tall and 8.5 meters (27.6 ft.) in diameter, the core stage will carry 730,000 gallons of cooled liquid hydrogen and oxygen.

The rocket will enable new space exploration and scientific missions in the shortest time possible. The rocket is also planned to evolve into more powerful configurations to allow for explorations farther into the solar system.

SLS motor test

N June 28, SLS´s solid rocket boosters will be turned on for two minutes. This firing up is intended as preparation test before the SLS´s is sent into its first space flight in the fall of 2019. Each qualification test of the SLS´s high technology equipment places NASA closer to reaching its objectives of sending men on a journey for Mars´exploration.

The world´s most powerful rocket will take the Orion Spacecraft, with no crew, on a mission to an asteroid and in the next decade to Mars. The experience attained during each mission will increase the possibilities of future scientific missions to other planets, including Jupiter and Saturn.