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Space Briefing Book:

Launch Systems


Components of a Space Launch System

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

Reaching Earth orbit and beyond requires a careful combination of rocket engines, spacecraft, fuels, and other systems. Here is a diagram of a launch system’s components.

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NASA’s Space Launch System

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

NASA is developing a new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). It is designed for space missions beyond Low Earth Orbit.

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