NASA’s deep space exploration rocket built by Boeing ignited all four engines of its Bemoth core stage for the first time on Saturday, a critical test to delay the US government’s program to bring humans back to the moon in the next few years Reduced to. .
Mounted in a test facility at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, the Space Launch System (SLS) 212-foot tall core stage roars to life at 4:27 am local time (3:57 am IST) – a Over Minutes This year, the first launch of the rocket in November required engineers to be on track for about four minutes.
“Today was a good day,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein said in a press conference after the test, “We got a lot of data through which we’re going to sort” to determine if an over-over What is needed and whether the first launch date of November 2021 is still possible.
The engine test, the final phase of NASA’s nearly one-year “Green Run” test campaign, was a significant step forward for the space agency and its top SLS contractor Boeing, which began with the Trump administration under NASA’s Artemimal Program later this year Began after. Push to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024.
It was not clear whether Boeing and NASA would have to repeat the test, a possibility that may launch for the first time in 2022. Continuing data review from the test, NASA’s SLS program manager John Honeycutt said reporters had been told the changeover time for another hot fire test could be around a month.
To simulate the internal conditions of an actual liftoff, the rocket’s four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines ignite for approximately one minute and 15 seconds, generating 1.6 million pounds of thrust and at NASA’s largest test stand 700,000 gallons of propellant are consumed, a huge feature 35. The stories are long.