Wednesday, January 27, 2021

New round of RS-25 tests slated

No. 0528 hoisted on A-1. NASA

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss - NASA is set to begin a new round of tests for development of RS-25 engines that will help power the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on future missions to the Moon and, eventually, Mars. The first test of the new series is set for Jan. 28 on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center (SSC) in Southwest Mississippi. The seven-test series will use RS-25 developmental engine No. 0528, and will provide data for Aerojet Rocketdyne as it begins production of new RS-25 engines for use after the first four SLS flights. The new engines and components will be manufactured with cutting-edge and cost-saving technologies. The SSC test engine will be fired seven times for a total of 3,650 seconds during the first half of 2021. (Source: NASA/SSC, 01/27/21)