JAKARTA – NASA seriously in carrying out the mission to Mars. It is reported that the US Space Agency has begun testing a new rocket launched from another planet.
The team behind the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) tested the first and second stages of solid rocket motors in a vacuum simulating cold temperatures on Mars on Wednesday (8/16/2023), Gizmodo reported. . According to NASA, this test was carried out as an important step in the rock sampling process on the planet Mars.
“This test demonstrates that our nation has the ability to develop a launch vehicle light enough to reach Mars and powerful enough to put a variety of samples into orbit for return to Earth,” said Benjamin Davis, head of MAV propulsion at the NASA. .
“Hardware tells us that our technology is ready to continue development,” he continues.
As you know, NASA is focusing on carrying out a fairly complex mission called Mars Sample Return. It is a fleet of spacecraft, including an orbiter, a lander, two helicopters and a rocket.
To test the MAV, the team built a development engine that would help them tailor the design before starting the actual build. The development SRM2 engine was tested on March 29 at the Northrop Grumman facility while the SRM1 was tested on April 7 at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
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