NASA is concentrating on a two-hour take a look at window that opens at three p.m. EDT Thursday, March 18, for the second scorching fireplace take a look at of the core stage for the company’s House Launch System (SLS) rocket at NASA’s Stennis House Middle close to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
The company plans to start reside protection on NASA Tv, the company’s web site, and the NASA app roughly 30 minutes earlier than the new fireplace. The staff will refine the timeline because it proceeds by way of operations. NASA will present updates on the operations and the goal scorching fireplace time at @NASA and the Artemis weblog.
On take a look at day, engineers will energy up all of the core stage techniques, load greater than 700,000 gallons of cryogenic, or supercold, propellant into the tanks, and fireplace the rocket’s 4 RS-25 engines on the similar time to simulate the stage’s operation throughout launch, producing 1.6 million kilos of thrust.
A post-test briefing will observe on NASA Tv roughly two hours after the take a look at. Media can ask questions in the course of the briefing by cellphone. To take part, reporters should contact Kathryn Hambleton at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, for dial-in info.
The recent fireplace is the eighth and ultimate take a look at of the Inexperienced Run sequence to make sure the core stage of the SLS rocket is able to launch Artemis missions to the Moon, starting with Artemis I. The core stage consists of the liquid hydrogen tank and liquid oxygen tank, 4 RS-25 engines, in addition to the computer systems, electronics, and avionics that function the “brains” of the rocket.
The primary in a sequence of more and more advanced missions, Artemis I’ll take a look at the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft as an built-in system forward of crewed flights to the Moon. Beneath the Artemis program, NASA is working to land the primary lady and the following man on the Moon to pave the way in which for sustainable exploration on the Moon and future missions to Mars.