NASA diffusera un Space Launch System (SLS) Full-scale rocket amplification test at 2:40 p.m. EDT Wednesday, September 2 on NASA Television and the agency’s website, followed by a media teleconference.
The Flight Support Booster-1 test builds on three full-scale development test shots and two qualifying test shots that NASA and Northrop Grumman passed with the solid five-segment rocket engine in preparation for the first three missions. Artemis.
The September 2 test at Northrop Grumman’s facility in Promontory, Utah, will help teams assess potential new materials, processes, and improvements for boosters that will power deep space missions beyond Artemis III. The test will also provide another opportunity to assess the manufacture and performance of the engines.
Approximately one hour and 30 minutes after the test, the media will have the opportunity to participate in a teleconference with:
- Bruce Tiller, director of the SLS Booster Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama
- Charlie Precourt, vice president of propulsion systems at Northrop Grumman, at Promontory
During the broadcast, anyone can submit questions to Twitter using the hashtag #AskNASA. Updates on the test will be posted on the Artemis blog.
Powered by four RS-25 engines and two boosters, the SLS rocket produces more than 8 million pounds of thrust to power missions to the Moon and ultimately Mars. The two solid five-segment rocket boosters produce over 75% of the rocket’s thrust during the first two minutes of ascent.
This final booster test will take place as crews at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida begin assembling boosters for Artemis I, the first launch of NASA’s SLS and Orion spacecraft.
The SLS rocket, Orion spacecraft, gateway, and human landing system are part of NASA’s backbone for deep space exploration. The Artemis program is the next step in human space exploration and is part of America’s larger exploration approach from Moon to Mars, in which astronauts will explore the Moon. The experience gained there will enable humanity’s next giant leap: sending humans to Mars.