(ORDO NEWS) — The procedure has become part of the test program for the new development of American astronautics. NASA’s new super-heavy rocket SLS for flights to the moon rolled out to the launch pad in Florida for the first time
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Space Center in Florida became the site of a historic event – in March 2022, the SLS (Space Launch System) super-heavy launch vehicle, which will be used for the first unmanned launch of the Orion spacecraft, was rolled out to the launch pad LC-39B of Launch Complex 39 for the first time in March 2022. .
Ahead of NASA’s Artemis I flight test, the fully assembled and ready-to-launch SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft will undergo a dress rehearsal at Launch Complex 39B to test systems and work out countdown procedures before first launch.
From the vertical assembly building, along the road used by tracked transporters to transport mobile launch platforms, in 10 hours and 28 minutes the spacecraft and its launch vehicle were delivered to the launch pad for a “wet dress rehearsal.”
The Artemis I launch team practiced loading fuel into the rocket tanks, conducted a full countdown, and rehearsed all the procedures the team would follow during launch.
What is an SLS rocket
The super-heavy launch vehicle SLS (Space Launch System) has been developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for a long time – its first flight was supposed to take place back in 2016, but has since been postponed more than once.
At the moment, it is scheduled for 2022: the rocket, as part of the Artemis-1 mission, will have to launch the Orion unmanned spacecraft into space – it will have to fly around the Moon and return to Earth. In 2020, the largest solid rocket booster was tested.
Recall that in December 2019, the head of NASA, Jim Bridenstine, announced that the assembly of the SLS central unit, which will be used in Artemis-1, was completed.
The block was created at the Michoud Assembly Facility, which is owned by NASA; in addition to the US space agency, Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne took part in the development. The final tests of the assembled block took place at the John Stennis Space Center, and now the rocket is completely ready to carry out its mission.
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