Aerospace companies praised the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Thursday for successfully conducting engine tests on Boeing-built rockets to complete the Artemis mission, which aims to rejuvenate American astronauts by 2024. Returning to the moon, it has been more than half a century since the last moon landing.
NASA simulates the launch by anchoring the engine of the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on a tower at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
During the eight-minute test, the four RS-25 engines roared endlessly, and white smoke filled the surrounding area and the sky. After the engine was turned off, NASA employees applauded the space agency’s live video, and many aerospace companies publicly congratulated NASA for its successful test.
The last test in January ended in about a minute-far less than the about four minutes required for engineers to collect enough data.
Now, the space launch system is expected to enter the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and integrate with Lockheed Martin’s Orion spacecraft.
NASA’s goal is to send an unmanned spacecraft into lunar orbit in November and return American astronauts to the moon by 2024, but the SLS plan is three years behind the original plan and exceeds the budget by nearly $3 billion. .
President Joe Biden has tapped former Democratic senator and astronaut Bill Nelson to run the U.S. space agency, according to two people familiar with the decision.
It was a much-sought-after victory for Boeing after multiple setbacks.
Boeing lost a race for its Starliner crew capsule to be the first to carry astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station in nearly a decade to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is also racing to send its manned mission to space for the first time.