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Space Foundation Congratulates NASA/Industry Team on Successful Test Firing of Space Launch System Solid Rocket Booster

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 11, 2015) - NASA and its industry partners today conducted a successful test firing of the new, five-segment solid rocket booster for the Space Launch System (SLS), the new U.S. launch system that will take astronauts beyond low Earth orbit. During the test, in Promontory, Utah, the new rocket booster generated full thrust for two minutes, creating a 5,000 degree fahrenheit plume, simulating and testing the rocket's performance, paving the way for future flights of the SLS system.

"Today's test flight marks another successful milestone in the U.S. effort to return humans to the exploration of space, beyond low Earth orbit," said Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham. "It's been nearly four years since a solid rocket booster was used on the last flight of the space shuttle, and seeing this new, more-capable SRB at work is an exciting development," Pulham said.

"Coming on the heels of December's successful test flight of the Orion spacecraft, today's test demonstrates a determined and, thus far, successful march forward in human space exploration," said Pulham. "Congratulations to NASA, Orbital ATK and the entire SLS team."

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