Although there are at least another four years left to bring humanity back to the moon, the engineers NASA they are working hard to respect the schedules. The next step will be to test a segment of theSLS in early September, and can be followed live.
The Space Launch System it is one of the new launch systems designed by NASA, usually summarized as “the most powerful rocket ever built”. Theoretically it is all true, and in fact the SLS is the only vector ccapable of carrying everything you need for a lunar mission in one trip. Although its completion is still far away, there is no shortage of interesting steps forward made in recent times, including progress on the Orion capsule.
Just the day September 2, at 8:41 pm of the Italian time zone, the American space agency has established a live test of the booster of its new launch system. The entire apparatus of the SLS consists of two solid state boosters and a large central core with four liquid state motors. Although more versions of the SLS may exist in the future, i side boosters they will always be omnipresent, and they will be the focus of the early September test.
They have already been on the ground, in Northrop Grumman plant in Promontory, Utah and are ready to perform a full power up of approximately two minutes. The data collected by the engineers will be used to check any defects present and possible improvements to be applied during these years, before the mission Artemis III decide to leave in 2024.
It will be possible to follow the test live from the NASA Youtube channel or directly on the agency’s website. Furthermore, for those who own Twitter, it will be possible to ask any question through the hashtag #AskNASA.