Science

NASA's 'megarocket' set for crucial test

NASA's 'megarocket' set for crucial test”

The SLS Green Run test will take place at Stennis Space Center in MS, and it comes after NASA worked to solve an unexpected problem in a previous test, a wet dress rehearsal that marks the first time that cryogenic or supercooled liquid fuels have been used.

The test is a crucial step toward the first launch of SLS, which is now scheduled for November 2021. After this is completed, it will be taken to the Vertical Assembly Facility to be lifted onto the SLS rocket and prepared for roll to the launch pad. This was supposed to be the last test before the big rocket launches late this year, but that could change depending on the after-test review finds. It's not until Artemis III that people will return to the lunar surface.

NASA will test-fire all four engines at once on its new space launch system at the Stennis Space Center at 4 p.m. which will hopefully be ready to fly to the moon in 2022.

The four refurbished space shuttle main engines ignited on schedule sending clouds pouring into the south MS sky. The core stage's firing is the eighth and final step in NASA's " Green Run", a program created to thoroughly test each part of the core stage ahead of SLS's first launch, called Artemis 1 - an uncrewed test flight now scheduled for November 2021. The timeline is daring and NASA has many challenges to overcome on its way. It took several hours to transfer the hydrogen and oxygen stored nearby in six barges, outgoing NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet.

More news: Taco Bell Is Putting Beyond Meat on the Menu

"The upcoming hot fire test will fire all four of the stage's RS-25 engines simultaneously for up to eight minutes to simulate the core stage's performance during launch", NASA said in a statement on January 5.

NASA's last major test-firing of an SLS component happened on September 2, when Northrop Grumman successfully ignited a 176-foot-tall (54-meter) side booster. The European Space Agency provides the European Service Unit to Orion. If the core stage's hot fire goes well, NASA will ship the rocket to Kennedy Space Center in Florida in February. It will help NASA to verify and certify the proper functioning of the rocket for the flight scheduled for the end of the year.

SLS has seen delays during its development, but it's still at the heart of NASA's ambitious plans to take humans back to the moon by 2024 through the Artemis program.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


17 January 2021
Dr. Dre Discharged from Hospital After Brain Aneurysm
He had shared a message with fans shortly after the news broke, saying he was "doing great" and receiving "excellent" care. He had been in the hospital since suffering a brain aneurysm on January 5, according to media sources.

16 January 2021
Petco stocks and the surge in PAWZ ETFs
Shares of Petco rose in their market debut on Thursday, giving the pet retailer a market capitalization of $5.69 billion. Revenue rose 9% to $3.6 billion in the 39 weeks ending October 31, 2020, compared with the same period the year before.

16 January 2021
Germany: Armin Laschet elected leader of Angela Merkel's party
The Union now has a healthy poll lead, helped by positive reviews of Merkel's handling of the pandemic. Current polls point to the environmentalist Greens as a possible key to power in the election.

16 January 2021
Yankees, LeMahieu finalizing deal
Earlier on Friday, reports surfaced that NY and middle infielder DJ LeMahieu were also finalizing a six-year, $90-million deal. The best year of his career came in 2017 when he led the league in wins, ERA, ERA+, and WHIP and led the AL in H/9, and BB/9.

16 January 2021
BMW iX to get Digital Key Plus feature with Ultra-Wideband technology
Apple built support for digital vehicle keys into iOS with version 13.6 a year ago , following its announcement at WWDC 2020. The CCC is a cross-industry organization advancing global technologies for smartphone-to-car connectivity solutions.

16 January 2021
Liam Neeson says he is retiring from actions films
Neeson will next play retired Marine-turned-rancher Jim Hanson in Robert Lorenz's Mexican border action thriller " The Marksman ". He told U.S. show Entertainment Tonight: "I'm 68 and a half, 69 this year". 69 this year.

16 January 2021
`Scurrying away`: Conor McGregor slams Khabib Nurmagomedov for retiring
I don't care about nothing, you're scheduled to fight a man and no matter what the fight must take place. However, for White, he believes it will be a close fight.

16 January 2021
Dutch government resigns over childcare subsidies
Rutte called a cabinet meeting to ask his coalition partners if they still support his government, according to Dutch media . Victims also lodged a legal complaint Tuesday against three serving ministers and two former ministers including Asscher.

16 January 2021
Mike Hart makes MI return as new running backs coach
Jay Harbaugh, son of Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh, had served as Michigan's running backs coach since 2017. Hart continued his career at MI where he finished as the school's all time leading rusher with 5,040 yards.

16 January 2021
Hue announce Switch Module
It's essentially an oversized version of the Philips Hue Play Bar, measuring in at 31-inches and maxing out at 1,400 lumens. The new dimmer switch will be available from February 23rd in North America (Jan 26th for the EU), at $25.