NASA completes major components for Artemis III ICPS; will provide power to send astronauts to the Moon


Devdiscourse News Desk | California | Updated: 26-05-2022 16:12 IST | Created: 26-05-2022 16:12 IST
NASA completes major components for Artemis III ICPS; will provide power to send astronauts to the Moon
Representative image Image Credit: NASA

NASA has completed major components for the future Artemis III interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS) that will provide the power to send astronauts to the Moon, the agency said on Wednesday.

Built by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) under a collaborative partnership with Boeing, ICPS will provide in-space propulsion for Orion, NASA's next spacecraft to send humans into space, after the solid rocket boosters and core stage put the Space Launch System (SLS) into an Earth orbit, and before the spacecraft is flying on its own.

Left: liquid hydrogen tank | Right: intertank | Image Credit: NASA/United Launch Alliance

The liquid hydrogen tank is built, and will soon be mated to the intertank that connects it with the liquid oxygen tank. According to NASA, the liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen tanks provide propellant for a single RL10 engine built by Aerojet Rocketdyne in West Palm Beach, Florida.

"The Artemis III ICPS will provide the big push needed to propel Orion toward the Moon and send the crew on the first mission where humans once again will land on the lunar surface," NASA said.

NASA plans to land the first woman and the first person of color on the lunar surface through a series of Artemis missions.

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