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Today’s Deep Space Extra

9 Dec 2019, 15:30 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) passes a critical loads test, as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine prepares to offer an update on the Artemis initiative that is to accelerate a human return to the Moon in 2024. Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner orbital flight test launch moves to December 20.
Human Space ExplorationNASA engineers break SLS test tank on purpose to test extreme limitsCoalition Member in the News – BoeingNASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (12/6): Last Thursday, a test version of the large liquid hydrogen fuel tank for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage underwent a structural loads test that pushed it to the limits. Pressurized with liquid nitrogen for the test, the tank withstood more than 260 percent of the expected flight loads over five hours before buckling and rupturing. “This final tank test marks the largest-ever controlled test-to-failure of a NASA rocket stage pressurized tank,” said Mike Nichols, Marshall’s lead test engineer for the tank. “This data will benefit all aerospace companies designing rocket tanks.”
Is Boeing’s mega space rocket back on track?Coalition Member in the News – BoeingPolitico (12/6): The Boeing Company is moving on from the technical and cost issues involved in ...

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