NASA has begun building the Artemis III Core Stage Forward skirt. See more details here

Credit: NASA
Credit: NASA

News! Great news for NASA's Artemis mission! After a long time, NASA and Boieng crews successfully placed the front launch pad for the Artemis III space launch system (SLS) rocket in the Vertical Assembly Center's robotic welding tool, both of which are mentioned above. above belong and were built by NASA. When you saw the "skirt" above, you were probably thinking about clothes. But no, the same can be said for this component. . If you look at the image above, you will see this very component ("front skirt"). 

There is the front skirt and the back skirt of the rocket. The front skirt was somewhere above the base stage of the rocket. This component part of the rocket is the one that is equipped with computers, different systems and some new technologies for the mission. For example, there will be avionics systems. These systems help control the SLS when the ship is launched, but also during the ascent. It took a while for it to be assembled by engineers.

According to NASA, the front skirt of the rocket had to be made by joining the panels together in the vertical welding tool. Thus they managed to create that "front skirt", ie the desired circular shape. But it doesn't stop there. Even if that skirt could be fitted, it must be fixed. So the engineers took her to the Vertical Assembly Center where the front skirt rings were welded to both the top and bottom for complete fastening. It hasn't happened yet, but the next step is expected to be to use the front skirt straps to secure the base floor parts together. 

But until it is fixed to the parts of the base floor, we can tell you that the rocket scene on which the Artemis mission will go on the moon is ready. According to NASA, it is over 210 feet long and consists of 5 high-performance hardware elements. Even though the Artemis mission is expected to be launched as soon as possible, there is still a lot to do. To give you an idea, the major components that need to be done are: the front skirt, the liquid oxygen tank, the intermediate tank, the liquid hydrogen tank and the engine section. And besides, there are many other medium or smaller ones.

Also, the archetype has 4 more RS-25 engines that together with the rocket scene will help launch the astronauts with over 2 million pounds of thrust. These engines are partially ready and ready for launch. The problem is only with one of them. According to NASA, one of the two channels of an engine does not work and must be changed. You can read about this new issue in our old article here:

Otherwise, the part with the central stage and the one with the front skirt are in a very large proportion, ready. The front skirt is already known to be placed immediately next to one of the two huge tanks, namely the liquid oxygen tank on the central stage. This tank contains 196,000 gallons of liquid oxygen cooled to minus 297 degrees Fahrenheit. About the Artemis mission, you know that NASA will launch first woman on the moon and first person of color on the moon. You can read more about the Artemis mission here:

We wish success to NASA and Boieng who are constantly working to finish the rocket and later to launch it. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 29 December 2021, at 04:25 am Los Angeles time

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