According to foreign media CNET,Last week NASA successfully tested the limits of a test version of the SLS rocket fuel tank, tearing its sides apart. The test delighted NASA engineers.
NASA Director Jim Brendenstin released the test video to Twitter. on Monday "the tank bears 260% of the expected flight load before flexion and rupture!" He wrote.
The test was conducted at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. The SLS is designed to power NASA's Artemis program, which includes a mission to send human astronauts to the moon in 2024. The development of the rocket system has been delayed to some extent, so this successful test is a gratifying milestone for the space agency.
The test rig is equipped with hydraulic pistons that apply millions of pounds of force to the tank. This test simulates the pressure that the tank will bear in use, and then gradually increases the pressure to push the tank until it breaks.
The data will help SLS research and development, but also reassure NASA that the tank can cope with the severe challenges of launch and space flight.
Mike Nichols, chief tank testing engineer, said: "this final tank test marks the largest controlled failure test in the history of NASA's rocket stage pressurized fuel tank. This data will benefit all aerospace companies that design rocket fuel tanks. "