NASA now hopes to launch cursed Artemis 1 mission to the Moon in late September after previous attempts were scrapped TWICE due to technical glitches including a fuel leak
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) cursed Artemis 1 mission is now set to launch in late September after two previous attempts were delayed by significant technical problems.
NASA is looking at September 23 and September 27 as possible dates for its next attempt at launching its Artemis 1 mission to the Moon, senior official Jim Free told reporters Thursday.
Two previous attempts were scrapped after the giant Space Launch System rocket experienced technical glitches including a fuel leak.
‘The 23rd is a 6:47am window open for 80 minutes, and the 27th is an 11:37am window with a 70-minute duration,’ said Free, associate administrator for the agency’s exploration systems development directorate.
NASA’s cursed Artemis 1 mission is hoped to launch in late September after two previous attempts were delayed by significant technical problems
The dates were chosen to avoid a conflict with the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test), in which a probe is set to strike an asteroid on September 26.
The launch dates depend, however, on NASA receiving a special waiver to avoid having to retest batteries on an emergency flight system that is used to destroy the rocket if it strays from its designated range to a populated area.
If it does not receive the waiver, the rocket will have to be wheeled back to its assembly building, pushing the timeline back several weeks.
Mike Bolger, exploration ground systems manager, added that teams were working to replace seals to fix the hydrogen leak issue — work that could be completed by the end of Thursday, which would pave the way for a tanking test on September 17.
wo previous attempts were scrapped after the giant Space Launch System rocket experienced technical glitches including a fuel leak
NASA is looking at September 23 and September 27 as possible dates for its next attempt at launching its Artemis 1 mission to the Moon, senior official Jim Free told reporters Thursday
NASA stood down its latest launch attempt on Saturday because engineers couldn’t overcome a hydrogen fuel leak, which could not be rectified.
The previous failed attempt was because engineers couldn’t cool off one of the rocket’s engines to a safe temperature in time for liftoff.
However, the long-delayed launch of the massive, 30-story rocket – which is supposed to put American boots on the lunar surface in 2025 – is about more than just fixing the mechanical problems.
‘We go when it’s ready,’ NASA administrator Bill Nelson said after the most recent scrubbed launch.
‘We don’t go until then, and especially now on a test flight, because we’re going to stress this and test it, and test that heat shield, and make sure it’s right before we put four humans up on the top of it.’
The Artemis 1 space mission hopes to test the SLS as well as the unmanned Orion capsule that sits atop, in preparation for future Moon-bound journeys with humans aboard.