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The 83rd Thing Learned from QM-2

14 Jul 2016, 15:54 UTC
The 83rd Thing Learned from QM-2
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During the two-minute booster test, 537 instrumentation channels provided data to meet 82 different test objectives.
They came for an awesome display of pure propulsive power.
They got a lesson in the realities of spaceflight. …Followed by an awesome display of pure propulsive power.
While engineers in Utah prepared for the second Qualification Motor (QM-2) test of a Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster, another team of NASA engineers from Marshall Space Flight Center visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama to give a presentation to Space Camp trainees and museum guests explaining what would be happening during the test, how the boosters work, what the next steps are to get the boosters ready for the first launch, and how Space Launch System will play a key role in NASA’s Journey to Mars.
The museum, which is home to Space Camp, is practically in the backyard of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where SLS is managed. On the morning of the test, museum attendees and Space Camp trainees filled a theater at the museum to watch the two-minute-long firing of the 17-story solid rocket booster, the most powerful ever built for human spaceflight. The firing would ...

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