NASA tests its ‘megarocket’ engine that will blast man to Mars
The May 23 test was conducted on A-1 test bench at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and lasted more than eight minutes.
Occurred after an installation problem, the test was postponed from May 16
According to the space agency, flight controllers are essential for the first flight of the SLS rocket and are a “fundamental change” for the engines, which are the main engines of the space shuttle.
“The feature is often cited as the” brain “RS-25 that allows communication between the engine and the rocket,” according to NASA.
“Prior to the flight, engine performance specifications, such as the required thrust percentage, are programmed into the controller.
“The controller then communicates the specifications and ensures that they are met by monitoring and controlling factors such as propellant mixing ratio and thrust level.”
Earlier this year, NASA posted impressive 360-degree images when a rocket engine exploded in life.
The space agency has unleashed the engine, capable of delivering 500,000 pounds of thrust, which fueled the SLS rocket that someday humans to Mars.
Engineers conduct a continuous series of tests on the RS-25 engines this year, prior to their use in the space launch system (SLS).
For SLS vehicle engines they trigger a push level of 109 percent and will provide two million pounds of combined thrust.
NASA is working to ensure that the engine can operate at these higher levels under a variety of conditions.
The first test of the 2017 engines was on test bench A-1 at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, during the last month.
Engine No. 0528 has been running for 380 seconds (six minutes and 20 seconds), which allows engineers to monitor their operating conditions.
Space Center personnel have captured aerial imaging of the test using an unmanned aircraft, and 360-degree video.
The agency is currently working for a launch date for the 2019 EM-1 mission.
NASA staff members were instructed earlier this year to evaluate the possibility of sending humans into space with the first flight of the rocket space launch system and the Orion spacecraft, which was originally to be launched unscrewed, in 2018.
Although the study found “technically feasible to put the equipment in EM-1,” the agency has decided to move forward with its basic plans for the mission, NASA said in a press conference call.
In addition, NASA has confirmed that the EM-1 mission would be ousted in 2019 after a series of challenges, including funding and programming.
The researchers examined the problems already predicted for unscrewed EM-1, including the ship’s thermal shield, as well as those of EM-2 that need to be accelerated, such as the life support system and embedded software.
Based on the findings, NASA and the White House have decided that “the reference plane we had was the best,” which means “to leave EM1A winding,” said NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot /