According tomedia reports, nothing could erupt into flames like a giant rocket booster and then violently fight gravity. Before these beasts can go into space, they must be extensively tested on the ground. On Wednesday, NASA shared an exciting live broadcast showing the key tests of the agency’s powerful Space Launch System (SLS) booster.
SLS is being developed as the main rocket for NASA’s planned Artemis Lunar Project. NASA plans to send humans back to their favorite nearby space rock, the moon, by 2024.
NASA TV broadcast a test site from Northrop Grumman in Promontory, Utah. As you can see, there lies a complete SLS booster. The test begins at 12:05 p.m. Pacific Time on September 2.
NASA says the main purpose of the Flight Support Booster-1 test is to identify potential new materials and process engine performance and manufacturing quality. In addition, the agency has begun to study space missions beyond the moon, including Mars.
It is reported that the booster in the two-minute test performance is very hot. As NASA points out, “The SLS Solid Rocket Booster is by far the largest and most powerful booster built for flight.” The agency also noted that the emissions from these tests were so hot that the sand in the desert turned into glass. NASA will now evaluate the data to improve the system.
The SLS will be equipped with a dual booster, which will have a considerable impact during launch. NASA hopes the system will pass the unmanned Artemis 1 test, which will carry the Orion capsule around the moon. Although the agency has not yet set a launch date, it should not do so until the end of 2021.