NASA announced yesterday, 9-14-11, the new generation of launch vehicles for manned and heavy lift duties. The Space Launch System (SLS) Heavy Lift vehicle will be a combination of Apollo-era Saturn V and space shuttle solid rocket boosters.
What I find intriguing in the photo of the SLS below is that it has a paint scheme similar to the Saturn V. SLS will have an initial lifting capability of 70 metric tons that can evolve to 130 metric tons. The good news is that a lot of the infrastructure and money spent on the now defunct Constellation Program will carry over to these new vehicles. In essence, all of Constellation has evolved except for the missions to the Moon.
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