NASA readies rocket for next mission to moon

10 Décembre, 2019, 11:36 | Auteur: Therese Cote

It's far regularly basically the most extremely good, created to achieve a file-breaking tempo of Mach 23 ahead of keeping apart from its greater stage, the Orion crew pill.

According to WWL, the Michoud Assembly Facility is host to NASA's 'Artemis Day'.

"We are happy that NASA's tests with the core stage structural test article will contribute not only to Space Launch System flights but also to the design of future rocket propellant tanks", said Julie Bassler, manager of the SLS Stages Office.

Oh. The SLS test tank opened wide, as assumed.

The test took place at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

SLS has been in development since 2011 and once finished, will be the primary launch vehicle for the agency's Artemis program, which aims to put the first woman on the moon by 2024. "We will be flying the Space Launch System for decades to come, and breaking the propellant tank today will help us safely and efficiently evolve the SLS rocket as our desired missions evolve".

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The Artemis mission is affectionately dubbed the "twin to Apollo", and represents a partnership between NASA and commercial and global partners to establish sustainable space exploration by 2028.

According to NASA, the first non-reusable rocket is to be launched for a test flight carrying a spacecraft without a crew, a mission known as Artemis I, which will likely take off by June 2020.

Engineers say the SLS rocket is designed for missions beyond low-Earth orbit and will carry crew and cargo to the moon and beyond.

It's not just the cost of the rocket that has spiralled: NASA will have spent roughly US$34 billion on the SLS, Orion, and Exploration Ground Systems Program programs through 2019, a sum projected to increase to over US$50 billion by 2024.

Earlier tests at Marshall certified the tank for both the current version of the SLS - called Block 1, which will use an upper stage called the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage - and the Block 1B version that will replace the ICPS with the more powerful Exploration Upper Stage. As the only place for conducting long-duration research on how living in microgravity affects living organisms as well as testing technologies to allow humans to work at the Moon, the space station serves as a unique asset in the effort establish a sustainable presence at the Moon and prepare for missions to Mars.

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