In New Orleans’ bayou country, teams of engineers from Boeing are building the rocket that could put the first human on Mars. Working with NASA, these dedicated teams are designing and constructing the world’s largest and most powerful rocket in history, known as NASA’s Space Launch System. Together, Boeing and NASA are uncovering the next great frontier, building a future where humankind goes beyond Earth.
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It’s not yet rated for human flight. The Space Launch System (SLS) has many trials to go through before it will be approved to carry a crew. The plan is to get one launched by the end of this year but that will be a tough time table to stick with. Falcon Heavy has already had one successful launch. For SpaceX to qualify Falcon Heavy for crew rated missions will be a huge undertaking in and of itself. It’s a great time to watch the developments of space exploration.