NASA shows its most powerful rocket assembled for the first time
13 June 2021 06:59 GMT
In its first flight, scheduled for later this year, the SLS will move the next-generation US team vehicle Orion to the moon without astronauts.
Engineers at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA have just finished landing 65 meters central level Its mega-rocket SLS is sandblasted between two small 54-meter solid rocket boosters (SRPs). It First The three main components of the most powerful rocket in NASA history will be one in their launch pad structure.
Both the central grid and the SRPs are taller than the Statue of Liberty without a pedestal.
Central phase houses Booster tanks Y Four powerful engines, Surrounded by two SRPs that provide the impetus to lift the SLS off the ground during the first two minutes of flight.
On Fridays and Saturdays, the Kennedy Space Center teams were used A special crane To raise the center point, place it vertically and then lower it to its position between the SRBs Mobile launcher. It was a structure that would function as a base, but also as a major supplier of energy, communications, refrigeration and propulsion for rockets and spacecraft before being launched.
NASA plans to launch the launch of the SLS later this year. During this process, is called Artemis-1, Although there will be no astronauts on this plane, the next-generation crew of the United States will fly the Orion SLS moon.
Upon completion, the SLS The most powerful rocket ever built by NASA Any astronauts can explore distant places in the solar system.
Over the next few years, NASA hopes to bring humans to the moon as part of a mission called Artemis-3, the first such mission since Apollo 17 in 1972.