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NASA Released Slow Motion Video of Rocket Test

Aug 08, 2016 04:13 AM EDT
Booster Test for Space Launch System Rocket
NASA captured a slow motion video of the Orbital ATK booster test that will help launch NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS).
(Photo : Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

NASA released a high-definition and slow motion video showing a rocket test and it is nothing short of astonishing.

A rocket motor test was conducted and was captured in a fascinating slow motion video that shows the engine and the flares that the rocket successfully created. 

Orbital ATK tested the QM-2 rocket on June 28. The full-scale version of the rocket and the solid booster tested will aid NASA in launching the new Space Launch System (SLS). SLS will have the highest payload in terms of mass and volume that can take both crew and cargo to deep space.

To capture the video, the High Dynamic Range Stereo X Camera (HiDyRS-X) was used. The video made it to the news since it is very rare to see a rocket test upclose and in slow motion.

"Traditional high-speed video cameras are limited to shooting in one exposure at a time, but HiDyRS-X can record multiple high-speed video exposures at once, combining them into a high dynamic range video that adequately exposes all areas of the video image for comprehensive analysis," NASA official said the video description.

The HiDyRS-X managed to capture the burning flames coming from the rear part of the rocket. NASA also plans to use the powerful rocket to launch the new Orion for deep space missions. The test flight is scheduled in 2018, according to

The Space Launch System (SLS) will be the most powerful rocket ever built, according to NASA. SLS will be used to launch the Orion spacecraft, asteroids missions and according to NASA, it can potentially take spacecraft to deep space missions such as Mars, Saturn and Jupiter for both crew and cargo.

Currently, engineers are working very hard to finalize the manufacturing and development of the world's most powerful rocket yet to deliver SLS to NASA's Kennedy Space Center before its scheduled test flight in 2018.


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