Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

NASA's spectacular water deluge system test uses 450,000 gallons of water

NASA's spectacular water deluge system test uses 450,000 gallons of water

Recently released video of one of the tests, conducted on October 15, shows the dramatic action.

NASA calls it the "Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression water deluge system" and it is truly a sight to behold.

Space Launch System, or SLS, is a launch vehicle that Nasa hopes will take its astronauts back to the moon and beyond.

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NASA posted a video of the October 15 test to YouTube on Friday. The system uses 450,000 gallons of water and is created to reduce the heat and noise caused by a rocket launch but - even without the rocket - it is impressive to watch.

A little more than a minute, this system is able to spend about two million liters of water.

These tests are critical preparations for the SLS launch for the safety of Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) and future missions.

"A geyser occurred because the mobile launcher was not present at the pad", explained pad deputy project manager Nick Moss.

'When the mobile launcher is sitting on its pad surface mount mechanisms, the rest of the IOP/SS system is connected to the pad supply headers and the water will flow through supply piping and exit through the nozzles'.

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