In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA logs an Orion abort system test this week and looks ahead to a “green run” test of the Space Launch System (SLS) as it prepares for Artemis -1, the first joint test flight of the big rocket and the Orion crew capsule to the Moon.
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Stennis ready to begin “green run” rocket testingWLOX of Mississippi (8/6): Rick Gilbrech, who directs NASA’s Stennis Space Center, speaks on the significance of the Space Launch System (SLS) “green run” that NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine recently committed to as a prerequisite to Artemis 1, the first joint test flight of the SLS and Orion. Artemis 1 is to be an uncrewed, multi week test flight of the Orion spacecraft around the Moon and back to Earth for recovery. The “green run” will first submit the SLS core stage for Artemis 1 to an eight minute full duration test firing of the stage’s four rocket engines, a prerequisite called for by NASA’s independent Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel as well as members of Congress. Artemis 3 is to return to the Moon’s surface with astronauts in 2024.
Hot fire! Orion’s service module completes critical propulsion testNASA (8/6): ...