Thursday, March 18, 2021

Do-over test of core successful

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The four-engine core stage of NASA's Space Launch System was successfully tested Thursday in an eight-minute run at NASA's test facility in South Mississippi. A previous attempt in January was cut short, but this test ran for the full duration. The “Green Run,” where the core stage is held in place in a test stand, is the last step before the hardware is sent to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The core stage will be used to launch the Orion spacecraft on the uncrewed Artemis-1 mission. The core stage is built by Boeing and contains the liquid hydrogen tank and liquid oxygen tank. It has four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines as well as the computers and avionics that serve as the “brains” of the rocket. (Source: multiple, including New York Times, ClickOrlando, WLOX-TV, 03/18/21) Previous