NASA will make another effort next month to test-fire its huge Space Release System rocket after its very first shot was cut short, the firm stated Friday night.

The rocket’s 212- foot-tall core stage will attempt to fire its 4 engines for eight minutes at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The effort is the last turning point “Green Run” test before the leviathan rocket gets delivered to Florida for its debut launch toward the moon.

All four of the rocket’s Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines sparked together for the very first time earlier this month. What was planned to be an eight minute test just lasted a little over a minute– a much shorter runtime than what engineers required to proceed to Florida.

” Performing a second hot fire test will allow the group to repeat operations from the first hot fire test and get data on how the core stage and the engines carry out over a longer duration that simulates more activities throughout the rocket’s launch and ascent,” NASA said in a post late Friday night.

NASA is targeting November for the SLS’s first launch, however the company’s inspector general and the Government Responsibility Workplace, the nation’s biggest watchdog company, state that’s unlikely. NASA stays openly positive.

” It is still possible to launch Artemis I this year with this test in February,” NASA spokeswoman Kathryn Hambleton informed The Verge.


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