NASA Changes Paint Job on SLS Again

NASA Announces New SLS Markings

"The markings on the outside of the complete boosters look like black-and-white checkerboards and serve as "targets" for cameras located in strategic locations on and around the vehicle and will be used for photogrammetry, the science of using photography to help measure distances between objects."

http://images.spaceref.com/news/2015/15-210-sls.jpgNASA Adopts Disco Era Paint Scheme for SLS, earlier post (2015)

"OK - the Core stage color makes sense. But why do the SRBs have a disco-era paint scheme - like you'd expect to see on a 70s muscle car? Does this make the rocket go faster or easier to track? Did the SLS program formally decide on this?"

http://images.spaceref.com/news/sls.130.jpgSLS, Saturn V, And Ares V Color Schemes, earlier post (2011)

"NASA PAO says that the white/black coloration of the SLS stages that evokes memories of the Saturn V is there for the same reason: to aid in tracking during ascent. ... despite the official PAO response, I am now told by several people at NASA with the utmost reliability and knowledge on this issue that the depiction of the SLS in Saturn V-esque paint scheme was done at the discretion of the graphic artist to evoke memories of the Saturn V. My understanding is that they will paint it - but what it will look like no one really knows."

Keith's note: Note that NASA does not even mention the official color scheme from 2015. After all that money has been spent to change the color of the rocket and pay graphic artists to produced animations and graphics which can no longer be used NASA comes up with yet another series of cartons depicting how the SLS will look. Let's see what next year's color scheme looks like - given all the delays in the SLS program this is not the last one we'll see.

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