Front Page: Final Piece Of Rocket Hardware Added To Artemis I Stack

dWeb.News Article from Daniel Webster dWeb.News

dWeb.News Article from Daniel Webster dWeb.News

After successfully completing the integrated modal test, technicians removed the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s Orion stage adapter structural test article and the Mass simulator for Orion. They then moved the Orion stage adapter flight hardware from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The Orion stage adapter was attached to the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage, (ICPS), on Oct. 9. This provides power for Orion’s journey to the Moon. Soon Orion, the spaceship’s top-rider, will be stacked in order to complete Artemis I. Artemis I is an integrated flight of Orion and SLS. The uncrewed flight test of Artemis I will be followed by Artemis II. This mission will send astronauts to the Moon.

Leerlo en espanol aqui.

The last piece of Space Launch System (SLS) rocket hardware has been added to the stack at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Crews with NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems and contractor Jacobs added the Orion stage adapter to the top of the rocket inside the spaceport’s Vehicle Assembly Building. To complete the Artemis I stack, crews will soon add the Orion spacecraft and its launch abort system on top of Orion stage adapter.

The Orion stage adapter was constructed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama. It connects Orion with the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage, (ICPS), which was manufactured by Boeing and United Launch Alliance at ULA’s Decatur, Alabama factory. During the mission, the ICPS will fire one RL10 engine in a maneuver called trans-lunar injection, or TLI, to send Orion speeding toward the Moon.

As Orion heads to the Moon for its mission, the ICPS will separate from Orion and then deploy 10 secondary payloads that are riding to space inside the Orion stage adapter. These CubeSats are equipped with their own propulsion systems and can be used to take them on missions in deep space.

While the ICPS stage adapter and Orion stage adapter make it possible for SLS send its first science payloads into space on this uncrewed mission (HLS), they will only be used for the three Artemis missions. The Exploration Upper Stage (EUS), a more powerful stage with four RL10 engines, will be used on future Artemis missions. The EUS can send 83,000 pounds to the Moon, which is 40 percent more weight than the ICPS. Orion, astronauts and larger, more complicated co-manifested payloads can be sent to the Moon by the EUS.

Artemis I will be followed up by a series more complex missions. With Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the lunar surface and establish long-term exploration at the Moon in preparation for human missions to Mars. NASA’s Orion spacecraft and SLS, together with the Gateway and commercial human landing system orbiting around the Moon, form the backbone of deep space exploration. SLS is the only rocket capable of sending Orion, astronauts and supplies to the Moon in one mission.

More dWeb.News Space News https://dweb.news/category/space-news/

The post Front Page: Final Piece Of Rocket Hardware Added To Artemis I Stack appeared first on dWeb.News dWeb.News from Daniel Webster Publisher dWeb.News – dWeb Local Tech News and Business News

The post Front Page: Final Piece Of Rocket Hardware Added To Artemis I Stack appeared first on dWeb.News dWeb.News from Daniel Webster Publisher dWeb.News – dWeb Local Tech News and Business News

dWeb.NewsRead More

Similar Posts