After taking precautions against a fifth approaching hurricane, the Space Launch System (SLS) Green Run test team is back on site in the B-2 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi to continue preparations for the final two critical tests of the year-long campaign on the first Core Stage. Prime contractor Boeing is conducting Stage Green Run test operations, completing the sixth of eight test cases at the beginning of October just before the approach of Hurricane Delta forced the latest weather-related work stoppage.
During test case six, the team practiced a set of simulations of the critical sequences in the upcoming Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR) and Hot-Fire tests, which are the seventh and eighth test cases. Now back at work, Boeing is moving into final preparations and reviews with NASA before the WDR tanking test at end of October and the Hot-Fire test in mid-November.
Propulsion system testing and checkouts completed in the middle of hurricane season
Hurricane Delta was the fifth tropical weather system of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season to force the Green Run workforce to secure the stage and the test stand at Stennis. Tropical Storm Cristobal in the first half of June delayed ...