NASA Invites Media to Briefing on Next Test of SLS Rocket Core Stage


A NASA drone photo offers a birds-eye view of the B-2 Test Stand at NASAs Stennis Space Center
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A NASA drone photo offers a birds-eye view of the B-2 Test Stand at NASAs Stennis Space Center with the first flight core stage for NASAs new Space Launch System (SLS) installed for Green Run testing. The SLS core stage is undergoing a series of tests on its integrated systems prior to its use on the Artemis I mission.
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NASA will host a media teleconference at 12 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 10, to discuss the next test in the Green Run testing series for the Space Launch System (SLS) rockets core stage that will fly on the agencys Artemis I mission. Thetest, known as the wet dress rehearsal, will begin Saturday, Dec. 5, and take place over several days at NASAs Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Engineers will power up all the core stage systems and load and drain more than 700,000 gallons of cryogenic, or supercold, propellant into the tanks for the first time.

TheGreen Runtest series is a comprehensive assessment of the rockets core stage prior to it launching Artemis missions to the Moon. NASA has completed six of theeight core stage Green Run testsand is in the final stage of testing, which will operate the entire stage and its propulsion systems together for the first time.Following the completion of the wet dress rehearsal, NASA will set a date for the hot fire test. During the hot fire test, all four engines will fire to simulate the stages operation during launch.

Audio of the teleconference will stream live online at:

https://www.nasa.gov/live

Participating in the briefing are:

  • John Honeycutt, SLS program manager, NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Julie Bassler, SLS stages manager, Marshall
  • Maury Vander, chief of test operations, Stennis
  • Mark Nappi, Green Run manager, Boeing
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