One of the main goals was to launch Artemis I, an undiscovered lunar mission, to show that the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System rocket can safely send humans to our lunar neighbors. But first, NASA plans to make some noise with a fiery SLS test on Saturday.
NASA is nearing the end of the Green Run test suite, its core, which the agency describes as “Backbone of the SLS Rocket”; – Passed its paces before being released from this rock in the future.
The eighth and final part of the test series will take place on Saturday, January 16, when NASA begins a spectacular hot fire.NASA TV will provide live broadcasts at 1:20 p.m. PT, the two-hour test window opens at 2 p.m.
“The impending hot-fire test will fire all four RS-25 engines simultaneously for up to eight minutes, simulating the performance of the main stage during launch,” NASA said in a statement on Jan. 5.
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The SLS Green Run test will take place at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and comes after NASA encountered an unexpected problem with an earlier test, a wet dressing practice, which “It’s the first time it’s been freezing or extremely cold. Loaded and drained from two massive tanks of the SLS core stage. ”
Wet suit maneuvers are cut a little ahead of time, but NASA tracks down the issue to time issues that are later resolved and should not affect the overheating of the fire. If all goes well, NASA will continue to track the possible late 2021 launch of Artemis I.
Each successful test puts the moon a little closer to human hands.