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Space Launch System’s Sound Suppression System Final Test at Kennedy

Press Release From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019

On Saturday, Oct. 12, media are invited to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to view the final water flow test in a series of sound suppression tests at Launch Pad 39Bin preparation for the first Artemis launch. The brief test is one of the final checkouts between the launch pad and the mobile launcher. The test should occur around 9 a.m. and a subject matter expert from Exploration Ground Systems will be available to discuss the importance of the testing.

At launch, the Space Launch System rocket will produce nearly nine million pounds of thrust—and a lot of sound. The purpose of the sound suppression system is to dampen sound and vibrations to keep the rocket and the launch pad safe at lift-off. During the test and the launch of Artemis missions, 450,000 gallons of water will be released onto the mobile launcher and flame deflector. 

Accreditation for this activity is open to U.S. media only. To receive credentials for this event, media must apply online by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8.

All media accreditation requests must be submitted online at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

Learn more about NASA’s Artemis I mission at:

https://www.nasa.gov/artemis-1

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