Friday, August 24, 2012

Engineers testing SLS

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Marshall Space Flight Center engineers and engineers at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are using wind tunnel tests to enhance NASA's Space Launch System. That's the heavy lift launch vehicle that will take astronauts into deep space aboard the Orion spacecraft. Engineers at MSFC's Trisonic Wind Tunnel have spent the past four months putting scale SLS models through more than 900 tests of different crew and cargo configurations. (Source: Science Daily, 08/23/12) Gulf Coast note: The SLS engines will be tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans builds the Orion and will build the core stage of SLS