New US Launch Vehicle Being Developed
Since the retirement of its shuttle fleet in 2011, the U.S. space agency
The Space Launch System, or SLS, consists of a main rocket and two solid-fuel boosters. It will propel the new manned capsule Orion into deep space.
During liftoff the engines create so much noise that the sound waves can actually damage the payload.
That is why other
"Past experience has shown that without this scale model testing, there could be not only problems with the design loads, with the environment, components could fail," said Space Launch System engineer,
At one of the indoor laboratories, engineers are assembling components of the system that will integrate and control all parts of the rocket.
"This is essentially the brain and nervous system of your rocket. The flight computers are your brain," said Space Launch System engineer
The rocket test stand in
"What we're doing is re-purposing some of that old hardware -- some of that structural hardware -- a lot of the propellant and cryopiping, to make it adaptable to what's required for the SLS core stage," he said.
At another site in
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