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June 16, 2016
SLS Booster 'Chills Out' Ahead of Super-Hot Ground Test
Promontory UT (SPX) Jun 10, 2016
The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting a hotter-than-normal summer for Utah, but at Orbital ATK's test facility in Promontory, crews are bundling up to chill down the booster for the world's most powerful rocket, NASA's Space Launch System. The booster is being cooled to approximately 40 degrees Fahrenheit ahead of its second qualification ground test June 28. Testing at the thermal extremes experienced by the booster on the launch pad is important to understanding the effects of temperature on th ... read more

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Date set for second SLS Booster qualification ground test
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