Watch the incredible moment Nasa releases 450,000 gallons of water during launchpad test

Jack Webb@JackWebb92
Monday 22 October 2018 15:00
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That's a lot of water.

A spectacular video shows the moment 450,000 gallons of water is released onto a rocket launch pad in order to cool it down after a rocket launch.

Nasa shared footage of the test being carried out at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to prepare for an upcoming launch.

They call it the 'Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression water deluge system' and it shot the water 100 feet into the air.

The goal of this release is to reduce the extreme amount of heat and energy that is generated by a rocket launch.

Nasa said:

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

Modifications were made to the pad after a previous wet flow test, increasing the performance of the system.

The Exploration Mission-1 is set to launch in June 2020. It will be the first unmanned flight of the Space Launch System, a huge rocket assembly Nasa has been working on for over a decade.

Modifications were made to the pad after a previous wet flow test, increasing the performance of the system.

During launch, this water deluge system will release approximately 450,000 gallons of water across the mobile launcher and Flame Deflector.

Any one else thirsty?

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