NASA is in an initiative to ensure the success of manned missions to the red planet. An experimental rocket engine is recently introduced by the agency and it may power future spacecraft to allow people to reach a different planet for the first time. The development of the engine is a part of the SLS (Space Launch System) and it is called the RS-25, which underwent static test on Thursday.
The high-powered machine was allowed to blast for 500 seconds. In near future, NASA will also test another rocket engine. Rick Gilbrech, the Director of Stennis Space Centre in Mississippi, said that it is a great moment for NASA and Stennis. Human being may return for a deep space travel with a momentous journey to Mars. The test is a significant step in this direction. The system is designed to be sufficient in propelling the new spacecraft much farther than the orbit of the moon.
The previous generation of rocket engine had been operational for 30 years, from 1981 and 2011, and it powered 135 space shuttle missions. The new rocket has up to 109 percent more trust and the spacecraft will also be assisted by four other rockets. The combination produces about 2 million pounds of trust. NASA is working with Aerojet Rocketdyne, a rocket manufacturer, in the development of the RS-25. Both organizations have identified different operating conditions that allow for the proper operation condition for the SLS spacecraft. For the Mars mission, NASA currently has orbiters, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Odyssey.
Written by Zezom.com News Staff.