NASA conducted a static fire test on Aug. 5 for the Orion’s service module in a move to validate the performance of various propellant platforms, engine systems and related subsystems. The Orion’s service module is built to provide the spacecraft’s crew with power, in-space maneuvering capabilities and life support systems, NASA said Tuesday.
The agency simulated an abort-to-orbit scenario and hot fired the spacecraft’s main engine along eight auxiliary engines for 12 minutes during the demonstration. Additionally, NASA hot fired the Orion’s reaction control thrusters in different intervals to demonstrate propulsion and attitude control functions.
“The tests at White Sands have been very helpful to better understand and operate our service module propulsion system,” said Jim Withrow, a project manager at NASA. Withrow added the agency plans to carry out tests to simulate varying flight scenarios and contingency options.