Researchers at NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, recently completed a development test on a proposed design of acoustic panels for the Space Launch System's (SLS) Universal Stage Adapter.
Given the extreme sound produced by the world's most powerful rocket, this test series, conducted at Plum Brook's Reverberant Acoustic Test Facility, provided data for acoustic modeling that will be used to ensure future payloads aboard the second configuration of SLS, called Block 1B, are protected from the high levels of noise and vibration experienced during launch.
The testing was supported by personnel from NASA's Glenn Research Center; NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center; USA prime contractor, Dynetics; and acoustics subcontractor, Zin-Technologies. The Block 1B version of NASA's Space Launch System is scheduled to launch Exploration Mission-3 in 2024, carrying both crew and cargo to the Moon.
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Static test qualifies crew safety launch abort motor for flight in cold conditions
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Promontory UT (SPX) Dec 17, 2018
Northrop Grumman along with NASA and Lockheed Martin performed a ground firing test of the abort motor for NASA's Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS) at Northrop Grumman's facility in Promontory, Utah. The abort motor is a major part of the LAS, which provides an enhancement in spaceflight safety for astronauts.
The completion of this milestone brings Orion one step closer to its first flight atop NASA's Space Launch System and to enabling humans to explore the moon, Mars and other deep spa ... read more