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[email protected] and @OrbitalATK preparing solid rocket booster avionics: #JourneyToMars #SLSFiredUp

.@NASA and @OrbitalATK preparing solid rocket booster avionics: #JourneyToMars #SLSFiredUp

A pretty strand of lights can quickly turn into a pain when one electrical short takes the twinkle out of the whole brigade. An arduous process begins of checking each bulb to figure out which one may be the blackout mea culpa. NASA and Orbital ATK engineers have a similar task when preparing the solid rocket booster avionics for the agency's new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). However, its "strand" isn't an average 100 parts to test. It's millions. When completed, two five-segment boosters and four RS-25 engines will power SLS to orbit and enable astronauts to explore destinations in deep space, including an asteroid and Mars. The avionics system is responsible for igniting, steering and jettison of the solid rocket boosters for SLS. The boosters used during the first two launches of SLS will be the world's largest at 177 feet long and 12 feet in diameter. A flight...

Full article: http://www.pddnet.com/news/2015/02/nasa-orbital-atk-prepa...

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