Six Years of Nonstop Work

♪ NASA is building its new Space Launch System
vehicle – SLS – to carry astronauts
into the next great era of deep-space exploration. Before SLS
launches, however, it has to be tested. Operators will install
the SLS core stage on the B-2 Test Stand at Stennis Space
Center, Mississippi. They will fire its
four RS-25 engines just as during
an actual launch – generating two million
pounds of combined thrust. Preparing the B-2
stand for the test has been a
daunting challenge – Upgrades of every major
area of stand operations Modifications to
electrical, data, mechanical and
propellant piping systems Strengthening of
the B-2 derrick crane to lift the core
stage onto the stand Repositioning of a
1.2-million-pound structural framework
that will house the stage Addition of one million
pounds of steel to strengthen and extend
the stage framework Replacement of the
industrial water system to increase flow capacity to 335,000
gallons per minute Delivery and installation
of special test equipment Readiness tests of all
necessary capabilities Multiple NASA and
contractor project teams Six nonstop years
of hard work Milestone mark after
milestone mark – to clear all hurdles
at last and announce … Stennis and the B-2
Test Stand are ready!

12 Replies to “Six Years of Nonstop Work

  1. I thought ULA was building the SLS rather than NASA. Well, I guess NASA building is a bit true since it uses components developed by NASA in the 60's for the Shuttle.
    It is impressive but at a cost – I believe current NASA stake in SLS is about $11B.
    NASA's investment in SpaceX Falcons is well south of $1B – which currently has an operating Heavy Launch Vehicle (the Falcon Heavy) – which has a higher Specific Impulse than the SLS Block 1.

  2. HOLY SHIT ITS ACTUALLY HAPPENING! CORE STAGE TEST! (do you know when the core stage test will be?) this is the kind of videos that need to be on the OFFICAL nasa Chanel!

  3. And every launch stack except the side boosters one assumes drops into the ocean … what a colossal waste of money now that Musk knows how to bring the hardware back.

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