The Daily Mail reported on January 19th. NASA). Important launch tests for the RS-25 engine flight controller were completed at the Stanis Space Center near St. Louis Bay, Mississippi.
The RS-25 engine controller that has been tested will be used for the NASA space launch system (SLS). The SLS deep space rocket will be launched by four RS-25 engines at the same time, generating 2 million pounds of thrust. With a pair of solid rocket boosters, it will generate more than 8 million pounds of thrust.
The original SLS RS-25 engine became the main engine of the shuttle, which was transformed to provide the initial power needed for a larger SLS rocket. According to NASA, the key part of the modification is the new flight controller, which is the core of RS-25. It helps the engine communicate with the SLS rocket and accurately control the diagnosis of engine operation and internal condition.
3D printed engine components, known as pogo accumulators, are part of the testing of components manufactured using advanced technology. Engineers, who are expected to significantly reduce engine costs in the future. Aerojet Rocketdyne(RS-25 's main contractor, said,
The SLS rocket will take the first pilotless flight in 2019 and will eventually bring human beings into the Orion spaceship to the moon and Mars.