US space agency NASA has added yet another feather in its cap when it released a new video showing rocket motor test in extreme slow-motion using an innovative new camera. The video offers a spectacular view of the QM-2 test by the company Orbital ATK on June 28, which test-fired a full-scale version of the solid rocket booster that will help launch NASA’s new Space Launch System megarocket on missions into deep space, Space.com reported on Sunday. Also Read - NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter uses same chip as Samsung Galaxy S5, OnePlus One
To capture the booster test in high definition, NASA engineers and scientists used a High Dynamic Range Stereo X camera (HiDyRS-X). “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 officials said in a video description. Also Read - NASA astronauts complete seven hour spacewalk to prep ISS for new solar panels
When Orbital ATK test-fired the QM-2 solid rocket booster, a stream of superhot flame was seen coming out of the rocket’s exhaust for nearly two minutes. This test was the second (and final) full-scale test of the solid rocket boosters to be used for NASA‘s Space Launch System. The first test of QM-1 was completed in March 2015. Two of the boosters will be used to help launch the SLS rocket on missions beyond low-Earth orbit, the report said.
NASA has planned to use the SLS rocket to launch its new Orion spacecraft to send astronauts on deep-space voyages to an asteroid, Mars and beyond. The first test flight of SLS and Orion is scheduled for launch in 2018.