NASA is developing a new generation spacecraft to bring astronauts back to the Moon again. In it, NASA is conducting a series of experiments to ensure the Orion spacecraft is ready to successfully take astronauts to Earth's satellites.
Recently, NASA has been testing Orion's rocket system and video recording the process of making the viewer surprised.
On August 5, NASA conducted a test of the rocket system at the White Sands Test Facility of NASAS in New Mexico.
Accordingly, the Orion's propulsion system is constantly spraying fuel and generating jet currents for 12 minutes. Although the rocket system does not leave the ground, researchers have successfully replicated and simulated the most difficult situations that spacecraft engines may encounter after launch.
Josh Freeh, deputy director of the Orion service module, said: "This is also the most demanding test for pressure regulators, fuel tanks, valves and other parts. The international team has collaborated and conducted this experiment for many months ".
This experiment mimics what scientists call an orbital cancellation state . If the propulsion phase is temporarily unable to bring the spacecraft to the Moon as expected, Orion will activate the engine from the ESA service module provided to temporarily lift the safe orbit. This plan B of the NAS will give scientists more time to find the next solution, which is to find a way to go forward or return to Earth.
Accordingly, the scientists tested activating Orion's main engine and eight other auxiliary engines at the same time.
Jim Withrow, project manager shared: "The experiment at White Sands helped us understand many things and how to operate the service module push system . " This test launch is one of a series of NASA tests conducted so far, In the coming months, NASA will continue to simulate other modes of backup and dangerous flight conditions.
The Orion spacecraft service module is a place that provides mobility in space and provides essential things for astronauts, water, nitrogen and oxygen. The Kennedy Space Center engineers are participating in completing the crew module for the Artemis 1 mission and service module before sending the Orion spacecraft to NASA's Plum Brook station in Ohio to simulate the test. environment in space this fall.
After completing this stage, the Orion spacecraft will be returned to Kennedy Space Center to complete and assemble the Space Launch System (SLS).
The process of testing the full missile system of Orion spacecraft.