November 22, 2017

Photos: SLS test booster ignited in Utah

Pushing out a brilliant plume of nearly 5,000-degree exhaust, a test booster for NASA’s Space Launch System fired in Utah for more than two minutes Tuesday to verify the upgraded space shuttle-era solid rocket motor is ready to help send astronauts into deep space.

The 154-foot-long (47-meter) booster ignited at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1405 GMT; 9:05 a.m. MDT) and produced more than 3 million pounds of thrust for the two-minute, six-second test burn at an Orbital ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah.

It was the last of five ground firings of the SLS solid rocket booster before the huge rocket blasts off on its first flight in late 2018.

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Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
June 28,2016. Promontory UT. Raw fire power is blasted into a hillside as ATK test fires a solid rocket booster motor that burns 6 tons of propellant each second with expanding gases and flames exiting the nozzle at speeds in excess of Mach 3 and temperatures reaching 3,700 degrees Fahrenheit Tuesday. Orbital ATK test fire happen at 9:05am MT time and NASA will use measurements from more than 530 data channels to evaluate motor performance, acoustics, motor vibrations, nozzle modifications, insulation upgrades. Photo by Gene Blevins/LA DailyNews
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News

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