First Four Space Launch System Flight Engines Ready To Rumble

All four RS-25 engines that will power the Space Launch System (SLS) for its first flight are ready to be integrated with the rocket's core stage.

All four RS-25 engines that will power the Space Launch System (SLS) for its first flight are ready to be integrated with the rocket's core stage.

December 18, 2017 | Source: NASA, nasa.gov, 11 October 2017, Jennifer Stanfield

The flight preparations for the four engines that will power NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) on its first integrated flight with Orion are complete and the engines are assembled and ready to be joined to the deep space rocket’s core stage. All five structures that form the massive core stage for the rocket have been built including the engine section where the RS-25 engines will be attached.                                   

“NASA’s priority is to deliver hardware for the first flight of the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft,” said John Honeycutt, SLS program manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “This year, the SLS team has constructed major parts of the rocket, such as the in-space stage, which is already at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the four RS-25 engines, core stage structures, and solid rocket booster segments.”

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