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NASA to test its SLS megarocket in the coming weeks

21 Nov 2020, 13:00 UTC
NASA to test its SLS megarocket in the coming weeks
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An artist’s rendering of the first Space Launch System (SLS) vehicle with Orion spacecraft on the pad before launch. The Orion spacecraft and SLS megarocket – together called Block 1 – and the ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, will be part of the Artemis 1 lunar mission, scheduled for launch in 2021. Image via Wikipedia.
Although the coronavirus pandemic has slowed testing of NASA’s Space Launch System – a rocket more powerful than the Saturn V that propelled the first astronauts to the moon – the months-long process is finally resuming at the agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Boeing, the company NASA contracted to lead the rocket’s construction, is now engaged in an eight-step core testing process dubbed the green run. It’ll culminate in a hot-fire test, where the rocket will be tied down, but will fire up its engines and endure each step of a launch as if it were really taking place. Originally scheduled to take place in early to mid-November 2020, this final testing is now expected to take place within the next three to six weeks, NASA says. It hopes to keep to this testing goal, to keep its schedule ...

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