H2-Whoa! NASA Swamps Launch Pad with Water in Awesome Deluge Test

H2-Whoa! NASA Swamps Launch Pad with Water in Awesome Deluge Test

NASA calls it the "Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression water deluge system" and it is truly a sight to behold. Recently released video of one of the tests, conducted on October 15, shows the dramatic action.

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"Modifications were made to the pad after a previous wet flow test, increasing the performance of the system". In a new video posted to YouTube, NASA shows off its insanely powerful water system that will keep things cool during the upcoming launches of the Boeing-built Space Launch System.

"The test is part of preparation for launching our Space Launch System rocket on Exploration Mission-1 and subsequent missions".

Footage of the feat has gone viral as the space agency's pressure jets fire the water 100 feet (30m) up in the air.

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What you're seeing is roughly 450,000 gallons of water being pumped out in about a minute.

EM-1 is slated to take off in late 2019 or early 2020 in an uncrewed mission that will test critical systems ahead of future missions with astronauts on board.

"Exploration Mission-1 is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration to the Moon and Mars", NASA said.

'It will blaze a trail that people will follow on the next Orion flight, pushing the edges of the envelope to prepare for that mission'.

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