HUNTSVILLE, Ala, (WHNT) - On August 13th NASA will test the RS-25 engine at Stennis Space Center. The RS-25 engine was used in the Space Shuttle program and had a 100 percent mission success rate. With a record like that, NASA still has big plans for the engine.
Corey Harrell is an aerospace engineer for the Marshall Space Flight Center here in Huntsville and he says, "The RS-25 is one piece to the puzzle for us to eventually get man flight to Mars."
The engine has seen some major upgrades in the past few years. Combustion Devices Engineer Paul Gradl says, "We want to understand all of these small changes because any small change could have an effect on the performance of the engine." That is why these test are so important.
Engineers here in Huntsville play a big part in making sure the engine is running in tip-top shape. "On the day of test you have people at locations, at our Stennis Center which is at base Mississippi. We also have people here at Marshall who are monitoring all the conditions and all the requirements to make sure that we are going to be able to pull off a test," says Harrell. Any data collected during the test will help the engineers make any necessary improvements.