The most powerful rocket ever built by humans has passed a critical test on its way to help facilitate the first ever manned Mars mission, sometime in the future.
The Space Launch System [SLS], a NASA human-rated (capable) rocket has, for the first time in nearly four decades, come through to clear a critical design review [CDR] in one of the rocket’s three main configurations.
The complete fact sheet of the SLS is available here [PDF].
The results come nearly two months after the NASA’s program, and its official findings were reviewed by a board of independent industry experts. More than 1,000 SLS documents were looked by 13 different teams of senior engineers [...]