NASA will make one other try subsequent month to test-fire its large House Launch System rocket after its first strive was lower brief, the company stated Friday evening.

The rocket’s 212-foot-tall core stage will attempt to hearth its 4 engines for eight minutes at NASA’s Stennis House Heart in Mississippi. The try is the final milestone “Green Run” check earlier than the behemoth rocket will get shipped to Florida for its debut launch towards the moon.

All 4 of the rocket’s Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines ignited collectively for the primary time earlier this month. However what was supposed to be an eight minute check solely lasted just a little over a minute — a a lot shorter runtime than what engineers wanted to proceed to Florida. The SLS core has been in improvement for a decade, and has persistently been late and over finances.

“Conducting a second hot fire test will allow the team to repeat operations from the first hot fire test and obtain data on how the core stage and the engines perform over a longer period that simulates more activities during the rocket’s launch and ascent,” NASA stated in a weblog publish late Friday evening.

NASA is concentrating on November for the SLS’s first launch, however the company’s inspector common and the Authorities Accountability Workplace, the nation’s greatest watchdog company, say that’s unlikely. As a substitute, they indicated the launch will prone to slip into 2022. NASA stays publicly optimistic.

“It is still possible to launch Artemis I this year with this test in February,” NASA spokeswoman Kathryn Hambleton advised The Verge.

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