Northrop Grumman manufactures Flight Support Booster-2 boosters for the SLS lunar launch vehicle for
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The new accelerator is an upgradebooster from the Space Shuttle. He received an additional section that provides a 25% increase in traction and an updated (almost 100%) electronic component.
Northrop Grumman successfully completed a series of firingFlight Support Booster-2 test. According to the manufacturer, two boosters will be enough to provide 75% of the thrust at the initial stage of the launch of the SLS rocket.
Note that Flight Support Booster-2will be used on the first eight Artemis missions. Starting from the ninth mission, the completely new Booster Obsolescence & Life Extension solutions will be used, the data for their design was collected during the last tests.
During the Flight Support Booster-2 test, it generated 1600 tons of thrust for two minutes. The company's specialists also evaluated the engine ignition system and the electronic thrust vector control system.
Note that Flight Support Booster-2 willdesigned for only one launch, while the four-section boosters for the Space Shuttle were reusable, but less powerful. As for the Booster Obsolescence & Life Extension, they are credited with a composite case and a number of improvements, and the first test of the debut sample is scheduled for the fall.</ p>