Americans continue slowly but surelyimplement plans to return to the moon under the NASA Artemis program. This week, NASA contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation, a rocket manufacturer, tested a key component of the future space launch system (SLS). A prototype of the Flight Support Booster-1 (FSB-1) accelerator designed for a 5-segment solid-propellant launch vehicle has been tested. According to the developers, the tested engine becomes the most powerful of all built before on Earth.
The new 176 foot (53.64 meters) boosters are part of a space launch system designed by NASA to implement a program to return humanity to flights to the moon.
When conducting FSB-1 tests, scientistswere able to evaluate the use of the latest rocket fuel and establish the ballistic characteristics of the engine, which fully comply with the technical parameters set by NASA.
The prototype was tested on a test benchcompany in Promontory Hills, Utah. In 126 seconds, the exact time it would take on a real flight, the prototype generated 3.6 million pounds of thrust, or 16 million Newtons.
NASA Artemis plans an expedition to the moonwill leave in 2021. In the future, it is planned to deploy a permanent orbital station Gateway in the orbit of the moon, and to create a base for regular research on the surface of the Earth's satellite.