Moon: NASA completes rocket engine test series for lunar mission – Naveen Bharat

Washington: NASA has successfully completed the rocket engine test series for its upcoming missions Moon And, finally, Mars.
The US space agency conducted the RS-25 single-engine Retrofit-2 test series on September 30 at the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis in Mississippi, the agency said in a statement.
“This successful test series for the Space Launch System RS-25 engine puts us one step closer to building the first new set of engines for future Artemis missions to the Moon.” johnny heflinMILF the manager sls The Liquid Engine Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in the statement.
“We are testing engine parts made with advanced manufacturing techniques that can reduce the cost of each engine by more than 30 percent, yet maintain the reliability and high performance of the RS-25 engine,” Heflin said.
During the test, hot fire, operators fired RS-25 developmental engine number 0528, which was used for over eight minutes (500 seconds) for each of the seven tests in the series, during an actual launch. same time is required.
The test series provided valuable information to Aerojet Rocketdyne — the prime contractor for the SLS engine — as it produces engines for use after the Artemis IV mission to the Moon, NASA said.
Operators collect hot fire data to demonstrate and verify various engine capabilities and to evaluate new engine components manufactured with state-of-the-art and cost-saving technologies and to reduce operational risk.
The test was initially delayed due to the effects of Hurricane Ida, which hit the Gulf Coast region on August 29.
NASA is building the SLS as the world’s most powerful rocket. Four RS-25 engines, along with a pair of solid rocket boosters, will help power the SLS at launch. Firing together, the engines would generate a combined 1.6 million pounds of thrust at liftoff and 2 million pounds of thrust during climb.
With Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface and establish long-term exploration on the Moon in preparation for a manned mission to Mars.
The SLS and Orion spacecraft, along with the Commercial Human Landing System and Gateway in orbit around the Moon, are NASA’s backbone for deep space exploration. The agency is working toward the launch of the Artemis I Uncrewed Flight Test in the coming months, which will pave the way for future missions.
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