AIAA Statement on the Successful Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage “Green Run” Testing Written 18 March 2021



B-2 stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. | Credit: NASA

March 18, 2021 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) congratulates NASA on its successful “Green Run” test firing today. AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher made the following statement:

“The completion of the ‘Green Run’ test marks the completion of all testing on the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket Core Stage – we now have hardware testing proof that America is ready to take our next steps to the moon and Mars.

“The core stage is the element of the system that gives it the main push to get astronauts and large payloads to the moon, Mars and beyond. This is the large ‘moving van’ needed to get people and material to places beyond low Earth orbit. It will allow the United States to build large new outposts on and near the moon and Mars more simply and more efficiently.

“This rocket is designed to take us to the moon and Mars, it provides a fundamental new capability that will also enable us to retain and grow U.S. leadership in space.

“I want to recognize the countless AIAA members involved in all aspects of the supply chain in this endeavor, including those who have helped design, build and test SLS. We salute and applaud the professional, young professional and corporate members for their important contributions to this much needed capability.”

AIAA Media Contact: Rebecca B. Gray,, 804-397-5270.

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