Michoud-built rocket now undergoing full system tests

If successful, its on to Kennedy and the Moon!

Thomas Perumean
February 21, 2020 - 11:19 am
If successful, its on to Kennedy and the Moon!


The rocket to the stars began its journey at Michoud.  It's first stop is Stennis Space Center for testing.  From there, it's onto Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  

The first full systems test, including lighting off the engines, is on-going at Stennis now.  

Built by Boeing the rocket core stage is being tested on the same pad where NASA tested the Saturn V engines for the Apollo program in the 60's and 70's. 

According to New Orleans City Business, the 121-foot core stage rocket was lifted 11-stories into the air and mounted on the B2 Test Stand. 

From here, the stage will undergo a 'Green Run' test.  

Green Run is a series of tests of the machine's sophisticated systems.

This includes activiating controls for the first time under launch conditions, checks of the avionics, propulsion system, looking for leaks in the engine fueling, coolant and hydralic systems and directional controls where the propulsion nozzles are moved to simulate changes in thrust and trajectory.  

These tests culminate in a 'hot fire' where all of the stage's rockets are lighted and run for eight-minutes and 30-seconds, simulating a launch.   

Should all testing be successful, the core stage will then return to its barge Pegasus and taken to Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  

The stage will undergo more testing in Florida leading up to its first launch as part of the Artemis program to return Amerca to space, sending astronauts to the Moon by 2024.  


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