, with one of its main targets for launching Artemis I, an unwrapped lunar mission designed to showcase its Orion spacecraft and the Space Space Launch System rocket can send people to our lunar neighbor. But first NASA plans to make noise with a fiery SLS test this month.
NASA is nearing the end of the Green Run test series, which puts the main stage ̵
The eighth and final part of the test series could happen immediately on January 17, when NASA initiates an exciting hot fire.
“The upcoming hot fire test will simultaneously trigger all four of the RS-25 engines on stage for up to eight minutes to simulate the efficiency of the main stage during the launch,” a NASA statement said Tuesday.
during its development, but is still at the heart of NASA’s ambitious plans to bring humans back to the moon by 2024 through the Artemis program. Report from last year based on program costs, SLS failures, and the impact on coronavirus pandemic planning.
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Test fires are a lot of fun, as we saw last year whenand turned the sand into glass.
The SLS Green Run test will take place at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and comes after NASA overcame an unexpected problem with a previous test, a wet dress rehearsal that “marks for the first time a cryogenic or super cold liquid fuel fully loaded and drained from the two huge the tank at the main stage of the SLS. “
The wet dress rehearsal was interrupted a little earlier, but NASA traced the problem to a time issue that was later corrected and should not affect the hot fire. If all goes well, then NASA will still be on track to launch Artemis I at the end of 2021.
Each successful test puts the moon a little closer to human hands.