, One of its main goals to launch Artemis I, an unannounced moon mission meant to show off its Orion spacecraft and space launch system rockets, which can send humans to our lunar neighbor. But first, NASA plans to make noise this month with a furious SLS test.
NASA is nearing the end of the Green Run test series that put the core stage – which the agency describes as “the backbone of the SLS rocket” – through its PACE before actually launching this reef in the future.
The eighth and final part of the test series may take place on January 17 when NASA launches an exciting hot fire.
NASA said in a statement on Tuesday, “During the launch of the upcoming Hot Fire test, all four of the stage’s RS-25 engines will fire simultaneously for eight minutes to simulate the performance of the core stage.”
During its development, but it is still at the center of ambitious plans to bring humans back to the moon through the Artemis program by 2024. A previous year report Scheduling effects from SLS setbacks and coronovirus epidemics, depending on program costs.
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Test fires are great fun, as we saw last year when A.And the sand turned into glass.
The SLS Green Run test will take place at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, and it comes after working through an unexpected issue with previous testing by NASA, a wet dress rehearsal that “first time cryogenic, or super cold, liquid propellant Was marked. Fully loaded, and the SLS core stage is loaded with two immense tanks. “
The rehearsal of the wet dress cut off a bit early, but NASA tracked the problem to a timing issue, which was later fixed and should not affect the hot fire. If all goes well, NASA will still be on track until the end of Artemis I’s possible 2021.
Each successful test puts the moon slightly closer to the reach of human hands.