SLS Vehicle Overview

A complete overview of the SLS launch vehicle, including launch stats, vehicle info and launch locations.

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SLS Block 1 rocket

Basic Info

Name

SLS

Manufacturer

First Launch

16 Nov 2022

Successful Launches

1

Failed Launches

0

Rocket Info (SLS Block 1)

Status

Active

Stages

2

Length

111 m

Diameter

8.4 m

Launch Mass

2,628 tons

Thrust

39,000 kN

Reusability

Not Reusable

Payload Info (SLS Block 1)

LEO Capacity

95,000 kg

Launch Cost

$2,000M

The Space Launch System (SLS) is a super heavy-lift expendable launch vehicle developed by NASA, primarily for the Artemis Moon landing program. It's designed to launch the crewed Orion spacecraft on a trans-lunar trajectory. The first SLS launch, Artemis 1, was uncrewed and occurred on November 16, 2022. SLS, derived from the Space Shuttle program, reuses hardware like the solid rocket boosters and RS-25 first stage engines. The SLS has different configurations (Block 1, 1B, 2), with each variant offering unique capabilities in terms of payload and mission objectives. All SLS flights launch from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

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Launch Sites used by SLS

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center launch site

NASA's primary launch site for human spaceflight, housing iconic facilities and a rich space history.

📍 FL, United States
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