NASA The supplier has laid the groundwork for orders for six additional SLS solid core booster rockets from Northrop Grumman, the agency announced this week. Six additional boosters will join the current three that NASA previously discontinued for use on Artemis 1, Artemis 2 and Artemis 3, including a targeted 2024 mission that would bring the next American man and the first American woman to the Larger surface.
While this is essentially a long-standing declaration of intent to help partner Northrop Grumman Ensure that its supply pipeline can supply the additional boosters in the timeline required by NASA, and not instead of an actual order for the boosters themselves, it is still a major step forward with a potential total contract value of $ 49.5 million, including The initial money is now open. Those additional boosters are currently said to be delivered before December 31, 2030, when the Artemis Mission 4-9 could potentially fly.
Solid boosters are used with SLS (Space Launch System) in pairs, flanking an SLS core stage on each side, to provide approximately 75% of the total thrust power used during the take-off phase of its launch. They essentially take their design from those used during the space shuttle program, but with extra oomph to help the heavier and larger SLS in the Earth’s atmosphere and space.
NASA has begun the process of procuring new RS-25 engines and continues to prepare Artemis 1 with the core stages needed for the mission in the Artemis program beyond the initial three, and the rocket assembly process at the point where the boosters are almost. Ready to stack. Artemis 1 is currently targeting a November 2021 deadline for launch.