The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that the agency will begin commercial sales of the new Space Launch Systems (SLS) rocket for the upcoming launch year.
SLS is a new, low-cost rocket that the U.S. Air Force intends to fly on future missions.
SDS will provide NASA with a reliable, low cost rocket for its future launches.
The agency will launch SLS from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at the end of 2020, and it will carry three satellites: LADEE, an Earth observation mission for the U and Manned Spaceflight program, and Orbiting Carbon Observatory, a geosynchronous orbiter.
The SLS rocket is the first of three new NASA launches under the Commercial Crew program.
The agency will also begin commercial development of a second launch vehicle, the Space Launch Complex-3 (SLC-3) and the Orbital ATK Cygnus capsule.
Following a launch on Friday, March 13, 2020, the next launch of the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for the end at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 7.