NASA is becoming quite good at exploding its next-generation rocket system.
That is of course, because they did this for scientific purposes and it happened not only once.
On Wednesday, June 24, NASA's engineering team completed their tests on the liquid launch system of the Space Launch System (SLS), the next-generation rocket designed to sending astronauts to the moon in 2024, named Artemis.
After being pressured by millions of pounds of pressure down the length of the tank, it eventually exploded upon reaching its limit.
The test tank was 21 meters high, wrapped in a steel ring and located at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, USA. After being pressured by millions of pounds of pressure down the length of the tank, it eventually exploded upon reaching its limit. This is exactly what the engineers expected.
The destroyed test tank section has an identical structure to what will be formed in the core phase of SLS. Earlier in December 2019, the team of engineers also conducted a similar job.
Why does NASA have to go back and forth on this expensive and labor-intensive job?
Because it completely serves the purpose of scientific research. The latest tank blow was an important achievement, because it marked the end of a three-year campaign in testing the rocket's fuel tank. The data collected will ensure that its actual version, when put into operation, can withstand the intensity and pressure of the launch, when it is removed from Earth.
"This year is a landmark year for core phase testing, for Artemis tasks," said Julie Bassler, SLS project manager. "We have successfully completed the main structural tests at the core stage at the Marshall Space Flight Center."
To help finalize the rocket's design for the project, nearly 200 separate tests were conducted. And after the completion of the structural test, NASA was able to revise the designs, optimize the missiles for the flight and begin aiming for the Artemis I mission - the first integration test of SLS, when launching the ship. Orion universe and all systems are coming to launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This mission was delayed earlier this year and is expected to be performed around mid to late 2021.