Latest in Science

Image credit:

NASA fires up engine that will take the SLS to Mars

19 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

NASA has successfully tested the RS-25 engine, which will power the Space Launch System (SLS), for the sixth time at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The space agency fired it up for 535 seconds and collected data to determine what needs to be tweaked and improved to make sure it can carry the massive new rocket. NASA livestreamed the event as it was happening, but you can watch the recap below the break if you missed seeing the engine spew out fire from up close.

RS-25s aren't exactly new -- they were known as the main Space Shuttle engines back in the day. However, they need to be re-tested, since the SLS is much bigger and needs more power. Plus, the data the agency collects will help it design a new engine controller and software for the rocket. The SLS was created specifically to launch the Orion spacecraft for future deep-space missions, including both unmanned and manned trips to Mars. If all goes as planned, it will ferry an unmanned capsule to space for the first time as soon as 2018.

[Image credit: NASA/MSFC]
In this article: engine, mars, nasa, sls, space
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
19 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

View
Hyundai teases all-electric concept '45' for Frankfurt

Hyundai teases all-electric concept '45' for Frankfurt

View
iPhone Pro, new iPad and 16-inch MacBook Pro details emerge

iPhone Pro, new iPad and 16-inch MacBook Pro details emerge

View
Russia tests new Soyuz rocket by sending a humanoid robot to the ISS

Russia tests new Soyuz rocket by sending a humanoid robot to the ISS

View
Android Q is now simply Android 10

Android Q is now simply Android 10

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr