NASA ignites huge RS-25 rocket engine to test future Artemis mission to the moon
This series of tests is aimed at Aerojet, the main contractor of SLS engines. Rocketdyne provided valuable data as it began producing new engines for use after the first four SLS flights. Four RS-25 engines and a pair of solid rocket boosters will help SLS provide power during launch. With the completion of engine tests for the rocket’s first four scheduled Artemis missions to the moon, mission implementers are now focusing on collecting data to demonstrate and verify the capabilities of various engines while reducing operational risks.
In the test on May 20, the team tested the engine with 111% of its original power level for a certain period of time, which is the same level as the RS-25 engine needs to operate during launch . SLS is the most powerful rocket ever made by NASA, and it is also the only rocket that can send Orion spacecraft, astronauts, and supplies to the moon at the same time in a single mission.
As part of the Artemis program, NASA will let The first woman and the first person of color landed on the moon and established conditions for sustainable exploration in preparation for a mission to Mars. SLS and NASA’s Orion spacecraft, as well as the commercial manned landing system and the Gateway outpost on the lunar orbit are the backbone of NASA’s deep space exploration. Stennis’ RS-25 test was conducted by a joint team composed of NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and Syncom Space Services operators. Syncom Space Services is the main contractor for Stennis’ facilities and operations.