An important NASA rocket test ended with a shutdown on Saturday, a little over a minute into what was prepared to be an eight-minute test. This trial run was an essential checkpoint for NASA’s much-delayed Area Release System. The SLS is set to play an essential function in the agency’s Artemis program which intends to return astronauts to the Moon.
Throughout today’s Green Run test, the 4 rocket engines in the SLS core fired for a little over a minute while anchored in NASA’s rocket test stand. The group had actually prepared to have the engines fire for approximately eight minutes, or about the same quantity of time it will take to release future objectives to the Moon.
At around the very same time, engineers found a flash near engine four, said John Honeycutt, NASA’s SLS program supervisor in a press conference.
A blog site post from NASA said that the flight software ended the test. “At this point, the test was totally automated.
During that time they planned to have the engines move through a series of maneuvers developed to check the responsiveness of the engines while they were lit.
The information that they did handle to get was collected by about 1,400 sensors during the test. Even though the test was cut short, those sensing units did gather a lot of data that might ultimately assist NASA identify the path forward.
” Not everything went according to script today, however we got a lot of fantastic data,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said at an interview after the occasion. “I have definitely overall self-confidence in the group to find out what the abnormality was figure out how to fix it, and then get after it again.”
NASA had formerly pressed back the rocket’s launching to November 2021, and was still hoping to make that launch date, even after a December 2020 hold-up in their testing schedule.
The rocket being tested today was slated to be part of that very first launch out of Cape Canaveral– an uncrewed objective called Artemis I that would send out NASA’s Orion spacecraft around the moon. It’s still unclear what exactly activated the shutdown, and how the outcomes these days’s test may impact the timeline for Artemis I.
Bridenstine said. “I think it really well might be that it’s something that’s easily fixable and we can feel confident going down to the Cape and staying on schedule.
Update 9: 00 PM ET: This story has actually been upgraded with info from a NASA press conference.