Artemis I lunar mission has a new date for its next launch attempt

Video above: Onlookers disappointed after 2nd Artemis scrub — NASA officials have halted the next launch attempt of its Artemis I super rocket for four days until Sept. 27, the space agency announced Monday. October 2 is a possible backup date “under review,” according to NASA. The space agency is still working on an issue with the rocket, called the Space Launch System, or SLS, that was caused by a leak while it was being refueled. Using supercooled liquid hydrogen during the last launch attempt at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, September 3rd. Repair work occurred in the hydrogen leakage area over the weekend, according to NASA. Work toward testing the system feeding liquid hydrogen is on September 17, but the date for this cryogenic test is now pushed back to September 21, NASA noted in its Artemis blog. “The updated dates represent careful consideration of several of the logic of the fixed topics, including the added value of having more time to prepare for the refrigeration demo test, and therefore more time to prepare for launch. The dates also allow managers to ensure teams get enough rest and replenish supplies. refrigerated fuel,” NASA reported in a blog post. Testing on September 21 will include an engine run-out test, according to the agency. The first attempt to launch the Artemis I was on August 29 due to a problem it encountered during an engine bleed, which caused the launch engines to cool down, which officials believe was due to a faulty sensor. From the 120-minute window available on September 23, NASA officials said the space agency continues to provide information to the eastern range, which must grant a waiver to allow the rocket to remain on the launch pad. “NASA continues to respect the Eastern Range process to review the agency’s request to extend existing test requirements for the flight termination system and provide additional information and data as needed. In parallel, the agency continues preparations for pilot testing of coolant and potential launch opportunities, should the request be approved,” the blog stated.

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The US space agency (NASA) announced Monday that NASA officials are delaying the next launch attempt of its giant Artemis I rocket by four days until September 27.

The Artemis mission team had previously targeted September 23. October 2 is a possible reserve date “under review,” according to NASA.

The space agency is still working on an issue with the rocket, called the Space Launch System, or SLS, that caused a leak while being fed with extremely cold liquid hydrogen during the last launch attempt at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, September 3. Repair work occurred in the hydrogen leak area over the weekend, according to NASA.

The space agency was working on testing the system feeding liquid hydrogen on September 17, but the date for that cryogenic test has now been pushed back to September 21, NASA reported in the Artemis blog.

“The updated dates represent careful consideration of multiple logistical topics, including the added value of having more time to prepare for freeze demo testing, and therefore more time to prepare for launch. The dates also allow managers to ensure teams get enough rest and to replenish fuel supplies. coolant,” NASA shared in the blog post.

Testing on September 21 will include an engine bleed test, according to the agency. The mission team removed the first Artemis I launch attempt on August 29, due in large part to an issue it encountered during an engine bleed, which cooled the launch engines, which officials believe was due to a faulty sensor.

The launch window on September 27 is 70 minutes long — shorter than the 120-minute window available on September 23.

NASA officials said the space agency continues to provide information to the eastern range, which must grant a waiver to allow the rocket to remain on the launch pad.

“NASA continues to honor the Eastern Range operation to review the agency’s request to extend existing test requirements for the flight termination system and provide additional information and data as needed. Demonstration testing and potential launch opportunities, should the request be approved,” the blog stated.