Tuesday, May 23, 2023

NASA Artemis V Moon Rocket Engine Test | Preparing for Crewed Missions

NASA Artemis V Moon Rocket Engine Test Preparing for Crewed Missions

An Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 rocket engine was tested on the Fred Haise Test Stand (formerly A-1 Test Stand) at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, on May 23, 2023, at 2:48pm ET. This was the eighth hot fire test in a planned 12-test series of the newly redesigned RS-25 engines that will be used beginning with Artemis V. The test had a planned duration of 500 seconds, the same amount of time the engines must fire during an actual flight of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS).

Lead contractor Aerojet Rocketdyne is using advanced manufacturing techniques, such as 3D printing, to reduce the cost and time needed to build new engines for use on missions beginning with Artemis V. Four RS-25 engines help power SLS at launch, including on its Artemis missions to the Moon.

Through Artemis, NASA is returning humans, including the first woman and the first person of color, to the Moon to explore the lunar surface and prepare for flights to Mars. SLS is the only rocket capable of sending the agency’s Orion spacecraft, astronauts, and supplies to the Moon in a single mission.

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Credit: NASA's Stennis Space Center

Acknowledgement: SciNews

Duration: 9 minutes

Release Date: May 23, 2023

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