NASA Declares Megarocket Rehearsal Complete, Setting Stage For Inaugural Launch
Friday June 24, 2022. 09:00 AM , from Slashdot
Despite the hydrogen leak and the incomplete countdown, Monday's wet dress did appear to go well. The ground teams finally managed to fully load SLS with propellants. Upwards of 755,000 gallons of cryogenic liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen were supplied to the rocket's two stages, which the teams had failed to do during the first three attempts. What's more, all of the issues experienced during the first three wet dress rehearsals appear to have been resolved. The Orion spacecraft, currently sitting atop the rocket, also performed well during the test. Said Tom Whitmeyer, NASA's exploration systems manager, during a media teleconference on Tuesday: 'We think that we had a really successful rehearsal,' adding that there is 'relative risk' is running a fifth wet dress, with the 322-foot-tall (98-meter) rocket standing fully exposed on the launch pad.
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