Satellites watched as NASA’s monthly rocket prepared for critical missions.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022: U.S. company satellites Earth observation Maxar Technologies filmed this image of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) moon rocket as it prepares for significant pre-launch tests.
The photo, taken on Saturday (June 18), shows the 350-meter (106-meter) rocket built at the launch of Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The rocket, with the Orion crew capsule on top, passed through a so-called wet dress rehearsal on Monday (June 20), when the technical team ran a pre-launch sequence that included refueling and down counting to remove engine heat and start.
NASA’s monthly rocket before a critical test
Monday, June 20, 2022: NASA’s Space Launch System rocket is set to launch at the NASA facility in Kennedy, Florida, before a significant test opens the way for the launch of the first non-functional rocket aircraft.
The meteorologists at the meteorological center confirmed the favorable weather forecast for the rocket fire on Monday, the first step in a so-called wet clothes test. During this test, working groups conduct the entire pre-launch process, including calculations downwards, excluding only the actual output.
For the tank to continue, there must be a chance of less than 20% of lightning within 5.8 miles or 9.3 miles of Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the exercise took place, NASA said in a statement.
In addition, winds should be below 37.5 knots (43.1 mph or 69.5 km / h), and temperatures should be above 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius), the agency said.
NASA has not yet set a date for the launch, which will enhance the Orion capsule on a month-long trip to test technology systems before the first aircraft and humans. – Tereza Pultarova.