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Today’s Deep Space Extra

12 Aug 2020, 15:12 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Despite workplace challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, NASA and its contractors are finding ways to press ahead this year with critical ground tests of the Space Launch System (SLS). Damage to the Arecibo radio observatory in Puerto Rico forces a suspension of operations.
Human ExplorationSLS Green Run test-firing to verify Core Stage design, analysis before first launchCoalition Members in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, JacobsNASAspaceflight.com (8/11): At NASA’s Stennis Space Center, engineers are working this year to complete a critical ground based “Green Run” assessment of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), the powerful new rocket that is to launch the Orion capsule with astronauts on future missions to the Moon and other deep space destinations. The last two of eight evaluations are focused on loading the SLS Boeing core stage with propellants for the first time and firing the four RS-25 Aerojet Rocketdyne main engines for their full duration. The SLS hardware will then move to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for a first test flight of the SLS and Orion, Artemis 1, without astronauts in late 2021.
NASA evaluates new SLS booster materials in critical testCoalition Members in the News – Northrop ...

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