First Results Show Success for Second NASA SLS Booster Test

Orbital ATK engineers begin disassembling the booster aft exit cone. Each segment of the booster will be taken apart and undergo a detailed inspection to support verification that the booster design meets SLS requirements. NASA and Orbital ATK also use the inspection to ensure the booster performed as expected during its second qualification ground test, which was successfully completed June 28 at Orbital ATK's test facilities. (Credit: OATK)
Orbital ATK engineers begin disassembling the booster aft exit cone. Each segment of the booster will be taken apart and undergo a detailed inspection to support verification that the booster design meets SLS requirements. NASA and Orbital ATK also use the inspection to ensure the booster performed as expected during its second qualification ground test, which was successfully completed June 28 at Orbital ATK’s test facilities. (Credit: OATK)

PROMONTORY, Utah (NASA PR) — For two heart-pumping minutes, the booster for NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System, demonstrated its power and operated as planned at nearly 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit during a successful qualification test June 28 at Orbital ATK’s test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

The smoke has well cleared from that test, but critical data continues to pour in, which will help NASA qualify the booster for the first, uncrewed flight of SLS with the Orion spacecraft in 2018 — a key milestone on the agency’s journey to Mars.

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