- NASA's first big test of the core stage of its Space Launch System rocket had to be cut dramatically short due to what was initially described as a "Major Component Failure."
- Now, after examining both the hardware and the data related to the aborted test, NASA says that the shutdown of the test wasn't related to any components failing after all.
- The space agency says that the test abort was triggered due to test parameters that were "intentionally conservative."
When NASA tested its Space Launch System core stage this past weekend, the actual firing of the rocket stage only lasted a fraction of the time it was intended to. The test, which lasted just over a minute but was expected to persist for just over eight minutes, was aborted when the systems monitoring the engines and collecting data reported a "Major Component Failure."
It wasn't immediately clear what on the SLS core stage broke or failed, and it was noted by observers that the engines appeared to be firing normally when the alert was triggered. This left many scratching their heads and wondering what went wrong. Now we know.
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