NASA successfully tested the rocket booster for it’s Space Launch System (SLS). More info here.
The largest, most powerful rocket booster ever built successfully fired up Wednesday for a major-milestone ground test in preparation for future missions to help propel NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft to deep space destinations, including an asteroid and Mars.
Tomorrow NASA will run a static test on the new rocket SLS booster. More information on the test and link to live feed here. The test will be at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 11, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems’ test facilities in Promontory, Utah.
The RS-25 engine that will drive NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System, to deep space blazed through its first successful test Jan. 9 at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The RS-25 fired up for 500 seconds on the A-1 test stand, providing NASA engineers with critical data on the engine controller unit and inlet pressure conditions.
In case you missed the launch of the Orion Spacecraft at 7am EST this morning (which I watched in bed), here is a video of the impressive SLS Rocket Launch!!
Orion Soars on First Flight Test
NASA’s Orion spacecraft launched successfully atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket Dec. 5 at 7:05 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Orion’s Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), is the first flight test for NASA’s new deep space capsule and is a critical step on NASA’s journey to Mars. The 4.5 hour flight is scheduled to conclude with the splashdown of Orion in the Pacific Ocean.
NASA has seen an initial delay in the launch of the Orion Spacecraft due to a boat in the range, and then 2 subsequent delays due to wind violations. The launch window extends until 9:44 am EST. Livestream the launch here!