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SLS needs new boosters, because re-use would have been a good idea...


New electron smell
Aug 23, 2015
San Francisco, CA
Solid read, great details and background by Chris B:
SLS requires Advanced Boosters by flight nine due to lack of Shuttle heritage components – NASASpaceFlight.com
  • SLS uses "heritage" components from Shuttle and Constellation programs
  • There is a limited supply of said components
  • SLS boosters will not be recovered (chutes were ditched for Constellation because of performance issues)
  • So NASA has an RFI out for new boosters by flight 9
  • Those will be required for Block2/Mars
SpaceX may be on to something.

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