RS-25 Engines Ready for Maiden Flight of NASA's Space Launch System
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss.,
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EM-1 is a three-week mission in which the SLS rocket will launch the Orion spacecraft into a distant retrograde orbit around the moon farther than a human-rated vehicle has traveled before, and also will deliver 13 small satellites to deep space.
"The Space Launch System epitomizes our nation's legacy of ingenuity and our spirit of
All four of the RS-25 engines that will fly during EM-1 also flew during the Space Shuttle Program; however, they have been outfitted with new controllers and adapted for SLS. Each engine provides half a million pounds of thrust, totaling more than 2 million pounds of thrust, for the first stage of the SLS rocket. An infographic about the first four engines and their flight history can be found here.
"These four EM-1 engines have a rich and storied history," said
In addition to the core stage propulsion for the debut SLS flight,
"The propulsion for SLS is just one example of how all the pieces for
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