Milestone Test Firing of NASA’s SLS Monster Rocket Engine Advances Human Path to Deep Space

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All indications are that the hot fire test apparently went off without a hitch, on first look.

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The RS 25 is actually an upgraded version of former space shuttle main engines that were canada goose outlet florida used with a 100% success rate during NASA’s three decade long Space Shuttle program to propel the now retired shuttle orbiters to low Earth orbit. Those canada goose outlet montreal same canada goose outlet toronto location engines are now being modified for use by the SLS.

Spectators enjoy canada goose clothing uk the view during the Aug. 13, 2015 test firing of the RS 25 engine for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) canada goose outlet store calgary on the A 1 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Credit: NASA”Data collected on performance of the engine at the various power levels will aid in adapting the former space shuttle engines to the new SLS vehicle mission requirements, including development of an all new engine controller and software,” according to NASA officials.

The engine controller functions as the “brain” of the engine, which checks engine status, maintains communication between the vehicle and the engine and relays commands back and forth.

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The SLS will be some 10 percent more powerful than the Saturn V rockets that propelled astronauts to the Moon, including Neil Armstrong, the human to walk on the Moon during Apollo 11 in July 1969.

SLS will loft astronauts in the Orion capsule on missions back to the Moon by around 2021, to an asteroid around 2025 and then beyond on a ‘Journey to Mars’ in the 2030s NASA’s overriding and agency wide goal.

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This video shows the full duration hot fire test:

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Since the shuttle engines were designed and built over three decades ago, they are being modified where possible with state of the art components to enhance performance, functionality and ease of operation, by prime contractor Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, California.

One of the key objectives of today’s engine firing and the entire hot fire series was to test the performance of a brand new engine controller assembled with modern manufacturing techniques.

“Operators on the canada goose outlet nyc A 1 Test canada goose outlet uk fake Stand at Stennis are conducting the test series to qualify an all new engine controller and put the canada goose outlet online store review upgraded former space shuttle main engines through the rigorous temperature and pressure conditions they will experience during a SLS mission,” says NASA.

Canada Goose Jackets “The new controller, or “brain,” for the engine, which monitors engine status and communicates between the vehicle and the engine, relaying commands to the engine and transmitting data back to the vehicle. The controller also provides closed loop management of the engine by regulating the thrust and fuel mixture ratio while monitoring the engine’s health and status.’ Canada Goose Jackets

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