“Well done” for NASA by airlines to successfully test a carrier rocket that brings it closer to returning to the moon.
NASA has successfully tested engines for its Boeing missile carrier for the Artemis missions, which aim to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024, more than half a century after their last lunar flight.
NASA equated the launch of a rocket with the launch of the propulsion engine of the Space Launch System (SLS) while it was docked in a launch tower at the Mississippi Space Center (Stennis Space Center).
Four RS-25 engines ran for eight minutes during the test, filling the surrounding area and sky with clouds of white smoke.
After completing the simulation and shutting down the engines, it appears that NASA employees applaud in a video that was broadcast live, while several airlines publicly congratulated NASA on the success of the launch test.
The previous test took place in January and was completed about one minute after the engine had been running, which was a very short time compared to the four minutes required to collect sufficient data from the space launch engineers.
The SLS is now expected to be transported to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to be incorporated into the Orion spacecraft built by Lockheed Martin.
NASA planned to send an unmanned spacecraft into lunar orbit in November and return American astronauts to the moon by 2024.
However, the SLS program is three years behind its original schedule, and its budget exceeded initial expectations by $ 3 billion.
President Joe Biden chose former Democratic Senator and Astronaut Bill Nelson to head NASA, according to two sources familiar with the decision.
This is a basically desirable victory for Boeing, after several hurdles. Boeing lost its Starliner spacecraft capsule competition for its first astronaut transport from US soil to the International Space Station in nearly a decade. The competition won Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Jeff Bezos is also in the race, as he wants to send his first space mission into space.