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NASA Tests SLS Booster Forward Skirt

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Engineers Test NASA’s SLS Booster Forward Skirt to the Limits

A critical connection between NASA’s new rocket and its twin solid rocket boosters that will help it get to space proved it could withstand millions of pounds of launch stress during a series of ground tests that ended May 20.

The booster forward skirt, which houses the electronics responsible for igniting, steering and jettisoning the two five-segment boosters and carries most of the forces acting on the boosters during launch, is one of two places at the top and bottom of the booster where it is attached by struts to the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage. The core stage, towering more than 200 feet tall with a diameter of 27.6 feet, will store cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that will feed the vehicle’s RS-25 engines.

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Engineers Test NASA's SLS Booster Forward Skirt to the Limits

NASA and ATK engineers complete structural loads testing on the Space Launch System (SLS) booster forward skirt at ATK's facility in Promontory, Utah. Structural loads tests are performed to ensure each piece of hardware can endure loads without any adverse effects to the vehicle, or most importantly, to the crew. (ATK)

Credit: NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center/ATK

Source: NASA/MSFC - Multimedia

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