In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Space Launch System (SLS) test of the RS-25 rocket engine was successful last Thursday. So far, so good for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program SpaceX Dragon Demo-1 test flight to the International Space Station (ISS). The European Space Agency (ESA) plans missions to assess the Moon’s surface for resources such as water and oxygen. China looks to place initial elements for an independent space station on the launch pad late this year.
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Orlando Sentinel.com (3/1): A test of the RS-25 rocket engine in line to power the first stage of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) burned for 510 seconds, 430 of those seconds at a record thrust, during qualification test last Thursday at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The SLS first, or core, stage will be equipped with four of the RS-25’s, which trace their heritage to the space shuttle. Nine of the tests have been conducted since August, all to help certify the advanced engine controllers that function as the brains for the core propulsion ...