NASA and Stennis Space Center set the stage for testing in 2020


BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (WJTV) – The first flight core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch System rocket was successfully installed on the B-2 Test Stand at the Stennis Space Center on Wednesday. In the coming months, it will undergo an integrated series of Green Run tests prior to its maiden Artemis I test flight.

The Green Run testing will be the first top-to-bottom integrated testing of the stage’s systems prior to its maiden flight. The testing will be conducted on the B-2 Test Stand at Stennis near Bay St. Louis.

The testing culminates an eight-minute, full-duration of the stage’s four RS-25 engines to generate 2 million pounds of thrust, as during an actual launch.

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