National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that “teams at NASA’s Stennis Space Center will perform a hot fire test of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage” this coming weekend.
Four engines will be fired at the same time to ensure the core of the rocket is ready to launch the agency’s Artemis Program missions to the moon.
The hot-fire test is set to start at 5:00 PM on January 16, 2021, and live coverage will begin at 4:20 PM EST and will be aired on NASA Television and the website.
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Mark this date: Sat., Jan. 16
NASA’s Space Launch System will test fire all its engines to ensure the core of the rocket is ready to launch NASA’s Artemis Program missions to the Moon, starting this year. Watch LIVE starting at 4:20 p.m. EST:
-NASA wrote on Facebook
Watch as engineers fire all four engines to simulate a launch. Live coverage to begin at 4:20pm ET on NASA TV: https://t.co/gyNsCKxZwH
— NASA’s Artemis Program (@NASAArtemis) January 13, 2021
Furthermore, NASA’s SLS rocket core stage hot fire test will be at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
1.6 million pounds of thrust.
1 goal: To power the @NASA_SLS rocket.
🔥 Don’t miss the Green Run Hot Fire test Jan. 16, when we fire up 4 RS-25 engines simultaneously to test the core stage that will propel @NASAArtemis missions to the Moon: https://t.co/sT1rROMK3r pic.twitter.com/JpU2dFO3UI
— NASA (@NASA) January 12, 2021
Green Run Test Series
According to NASA, “the hot fire is the eighth and final test of the Green Run series to ensure the core stage of the SLS rocket is ready to launch Artemis missions to the Moon, beginning with Artemis I.
“The core stage includes the liquid hydrogen tank and liquid oxygen tank, four RS-25 engines, and the computers, electronics, and avionics that serve as the “brains” of the rocket,” NASA added.
Furthermore, “During the test, engineers will power up all the core stage systems, load more than 700,000 gallons of cryogenic, or supercold, propellant into the tanks, and fire all four engines at the same time to simulate the stage’s operation during launch, generating 1.6 million pounds of thrust.”
Know more about the Green Run Test Series, HERE.
Watch the hot fire test on Saturday, HERE.
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