NASA’s mega rocket that will take man to the moon passed a major load test. (Photo: NASA).
The engineers of the NASA and Boeing successfully carried out a crucial test with the new mega rocket SLS for its premiere in 2021 with an unmanned launch of the Orion spacecraft to the lunar zone.
Specifically, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket tanks were loaded with more than 700,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen in the central stage of the rocket, 65 meters, during the test called “green run” on December 20. This test provides certainty that the core of the rocket will function over and over again as intended.
Engineers working at the Test Control Center monitored all core stage systems during the test as the thruster flowed from six ships to the core stage at Test Post B-2 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
The first look at the data indicates that the stage performed well during the thruster loading and replenishment process. Part of the test consisted of simulating the countdown with the tanks loaded, up to 33 seconds before starting the engines. However, the test ended a few minutes before the expected duration of the countdown, NASA reported.
The center stage and the B-2 dyno are in excellent condition and there appears to be no hardware issue. The team is evaluating data to identify the exact cause of the early shutdown. They will then decide if they are ready to go ahead with the final test, when all four engines will start simultaneously.
Within a year, In November 2021, SLS will have its maiden test flight with a view to intensifying work for the trip that the United States plans to carry out in 2024. The Artemis I mission will be an unmanned flight to test the SLS rocket and the Orion spacecraft, as an integrated system before the manned flights to the natural satellite from the earth.
“Under the Artemis program, the NASA point to take the first woman and the next man to the moon in 2024 and establish a sustainable lunar exploration by the end of the decade, “they said in a statement.
When the assembly is complete, SLS will be taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, which measure 93 meters and 38 meters, respectively. It will also be higher than our Buenos Aires Obelisk, which stretches 68 meters.
Each of the solid rocket boosters in the image is almost 54 meters tall. Together they provide more than 75% of the total thrust during the first two minutes of launch and flight.