NASA on Thursday successfully tested the engines of its new giant SLS rocket, which is due to carry astronauts to the moon by 2024. A reprieve for the US Space Agency after a previous test cut in January.
The rocket’s four main stage RS-25 engines, the size of each car, were ignited for only eight minutes, aiming to simulate a launch phase.
He threw a huge cloud of smoke, in a deafening noise, above the testing center in Stannis, Mississippi.
For this test called “Hot Fire” – which took place at around 9:40 am in Switzerland – the tank was filled with about 2.6 million liters of fuel.
“Passed the test,” NASA tweeted on the rocket’s official account, shortly after the applause rang in the control room.
In a similar test in late January, the engine shut down much earlier than expected, after ignition for just over a minute.
During a live broadcast of the US Space Agency on the Internet, NASA in charge of these tests “forced a Bill Attraction, which is very good, which is very good”, commented on Bill Wrobel on Thursday. The data collected during these eight minutes will now have to be analyzed in detail.
The SLS Heavy Rocket for Space Launch System – already years ahead of schedule. It is a powerful launcher intended to carry the Orion spacecraft.Back to the moon
The test was the last in a series of eight to verify that the rocket’s main stage is ready to launch the Artemis mission. The stage is about 65 meters high, made up of engines, tanks, as well as computers that form the “brain” of the rocket.
It will now be moved to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
>> NASA’s second “hot fire” test broadcast of Artemis lunar rocket, March 18, 2021:
Artemis, Orion and the Moon
A first flight, Artemis 1, scheduled for this year’s initial schedule, will accompanyOn top of that, without an astronaut on board.
Artemis 2 in 2023 will send astronauts around the moon, but they will not land.
Finally, Artemis 3 will send two astronauts to the lunar orbit, including the first woman in 2024. Twelve men have gone to the moon so far.
>> NASA Video Artemis mission summary:
In its configuration for Artemis 1, the SLS rocket would be larger than the Statue of Liberty and more powerful than the famous Saturn V, which in July 1969, took American astronauts to the moon in the last century.
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