Lightning struck the home of NASA’s largest moon rocket Artemis 1 several times on Saturday (April 2), but the rocket is in good health and on the way for a serious test.
Four lightning bolts struck the area around Launch Pad 39B, where NASA’s first megarocket Space Launch System (SLS) test for three days was identified as a “blue -collar training” for its Artemis 1 mission. a month later this year. The rocket is protected from electricity by three towers and a kind of catenary wire that diverts blows to the earth from a booster.
The first three lightning strikes were low -altitude events, NASA officials wrote in a new statement Saturday. But the fourth blow, which hit the “tower sand” of the electrical defense system, was even stronger. Space Googlevesaire’s YouTube channel took a photo of the lightning bolt from NASA’s live video stream of the fuel test.
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“1 of last night’s strikes was the strongest we’ve seen since we introduced the new electrical defense system,” he said. written by Jeremy Parsons, NASA’s deputy director of Ground Systems Exploration, is currently tweeting the test for the project. “It hit the catenary wire that runs between the 3 towers. The system worked very well and took good care of SLS and Orion. We’re happy to have increased security from Shuttle!”
Parsons said NASA has improved the Pad 39B’s lightning protection system to include better protection against strikes and better separation of lightning from starting equipment. Each tower is fitted with a fiberglass pole and catenary wires to divert electricity from the rocket and its service. he added.
“The new system is a team of sensors, both on the ground and a telemarketer, to help determine the position of the rocket behind a nearby lightning rod, capable of avoiding the days of the late, “Parsons wrote. in a separate post.
During the lightning strike on Saturday, the main base of the Artemis 1 SLS rocket and its Orion spacecraft was raised, but the rocket propellers were all fixed to the side and an interim cryogenic launcher, according to the NASA report.
Early Sunday morning, NASA Artemis 1 teamed up to release pilots to view data from lightning bolts and the progress of the wet cloth design, giving the “go” to begin the process. launching the Space Launch System rocket at 7:20 am EDT (1120 GMT).
This weekend’s blue cloth training camp began on April 1 and is a full -number training run for the Artemis 1 mission. During the test, runners will fill the base camp with 700,000 gallons. of oxygen cold water and water hydrogen propellant.
Artemis 1 is NASA’s first SLS mission under the company’s Artemis program to return astronauts to the moon in 2025 or so. Artemis 1 is a non -stop tour around the moon to test the Space Launch System and its capsule Orion crew, carrying out a number of experiments and a mannequin covered with sensors.
NASA will provide an update on the results of the Artemis 1 test at a conference on Monday (April 4) at 11 am EDT (1500 GMT).