The NASA’s first “mega-rocket” Space Launch System (SLS) is on the move. NASA announced the key stage for the SLS rocket on Pegasus in preparation for the Green Run test series. The final test for the first Artemis launch of the Agency.
The 212 Foot Long NASA’s SLS rocket moved from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans Wednesday (Jan. 8) to the barge.
In Mississippi, the booster will endure a crucial, months-long green run test designed to demonstrate its fitness to send astronauts to the Moon, Mars and other deep space destinations.
The Green Run Test Series — The four powerful RS-25 engines fired for about eight minutes (or perhaps a little less), and throttled at different settings — that will verify the core stage design ready for launch.
The SLS was designed to re-use technology originally developed for the space shuttle programme, which ran from 1981-2011.
The SLS core stage contains two propellant tanks – one to hold liquid oxygen and another for liquid hydrogen. Together, they hold a combined 2.7 million litres of propellant to power the engines.
The SLS rocket’s core stage is the largest stage NASA has ever built at its Louisiana factory.
The manufacturing of the core stages of the SLS rocket is a joint effort of NASA and its industry partners. Over 1,100 companies across the U.S. contributed to SLS rocket production.
At NASA, Boeing built the core stage at New Orleans, and RS-25 engines upgraded and supplied by Aerojet Rocketdyne. By 2024 NASA is working to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon.