Booster test lights up desert as SLS progress continues for NASA Artemis missions

While the first Artemis mission has yet to launch, NASA and partner Northrop Grumman are already testing new boosters for future launches capable of sending humans to deep space including Mars.

The test of the Flight Support Booster 1 at Northrop Grumman’s facility at Promontory, Utah on Wednesday lasted for two minutes, burning through propellant to create 3.6 million pounds of thrust. While booster tests have been performed since 2010 at the site, this new test’s main purpose was to try out propellant materials from new sources. Read more here.