Engine for NASA’s SLS Megarocket successfully tested

Engine for NASA’s SLS Megarocket successfully tested

NASA has successfully test-fired the RS-25 rocket engine for its future megarocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), for nearly 8.5 minutes.

Agency officials announced that the test, which was the third in a row, was conducted on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center close to Bay St. Louis in Mississippi.

The highly-powerful RS-25 engine will be used to power the upcoming SLS, which is being built for conducting deep space missions.

In a newly released statement, NASA officials said, “With this latest test, NASA continues to set the stage for deep-space exploration missions, achieving another milestone toward launch of the first integrated flight of SLS and the Orion spacecraft, known as Exploration Mission-1.”

The first test of the RS-25 rocket engine was conducted in March, while the second test took place in May this year.

When ready to fly, SLS will use four RS-25 engines, which will fire simultaneously to provide 2 million pounds of thrust. In conjunction with two solid rocket boosters, the new engines will produce up to 8 million pounds of thrust.