The missions to deep space They are one step closer: NASA has successfully tested the RS-25 engine used in them.
The NASA SLS project It is still in development, it was started in 2010 and a few hours ago they have tested the advances in the RS-25, the engine model that will be integrated into theSpace Launch System o Space launch system.
There are high hopes for the SLS, which is part of the future plans of the NASA for space exploration, not only from the planets of our Solar System, but also in the study of deep space.
The engine of the next Space Launch System
Thus, for 500 seconds NASA has launched theRS-25 at the Stennis Space Center. It is not the first time it has been used, as it had previously been used to go into space, the last time in 2011 when it was mounted on the space shuttle Endeavor.
The test has been a success and this is just one of the four main engines that will be used in the SLS rocket, which together will offer almost a million kilograms of thrust.
This is how the RS-25 motor is mounted
When will the SLS be ready?
The current development of the RS-25 engine is the responsibility of the companyAerojet Rocketdyne, to which NASA commissioned work in exchange for a contract of more than 1,000 million dollars.
The cost of the project Space Launch Systemes much higher, it is estimated that the entire program cost around 10 billion dollars And that has already faced cuts to try to reduce costs (for example, introducing a modular design of the rocket).
SLS went through several phases, but the first expected mission is SLS-1, in 2017 and in which the Orion spacecraft will be sent around the Moon, but without crew. The manned mission will be in 2021 according to the planned schedule.