Communication between test operators, broadcast with the launch, indicated an automatic shut down after a major component malfunction was detected in engine four.
Today’s @NASA_SLS [NASA Space Launch System] core stage engine test ended about one minute into the expected eight-minute hot fire. Teams will assess the data from the engine shutdown to determine the next steps,” a tweet from the Artmeic Program read.
The super-heavy rocket RS-25 engines generated 1.6 million pounds of thrust and consumed over 700,000 gallons of propellant in just over one minute at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
The Artemis Program was set for a major first unmanned launch to the moon later this year, something NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said may be pushed back due to Saturday’s test shortfall.
NASA’s moon program saw a major revival under outgoing US President Donald Trump, as did the US Space Force and other space-related initiatives. (UNI)