NASA pushes back date for next Artemis I launch attempt

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The officials at NASA pushes back next attempt to launch its Artemis I mega lunar rocket by four days to September 27, space the agency announced on Monday.

The Artemis mission team previously aimed for September 23. Oct. 2 is a potential backup date that is “under review,” according to NASA.

Space The agency is still working on a problem with the rocket, called Space Launch System or SLS, which caused a leak while fueled with supercooled liquid hydrogen during the last launch attempt at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, September 3. Repair work in the area of ​​the hydrogen leak took place over the weekend, according to NASA.

Space The agency had worked to test the system that powers liquid hydrogen on September 17, but the date for that cryogenic test has now been pushed back to September 21, NASA noted on its Artemis blog.

“The updated dates represent careful consideration of several logistical topics, including the added value of having more time to prepare for the cryogenic demonstration test, and subsequently more time to prepare for launch. also allow managers to ensure teams have adequate rest and replenish cryogenic propellant supplies,” NASA explained in the blog post.

The Sept. 21 test will include an engine purge test, according to the agency. The mission team canceled the first launch attempt of Artemis I on August 29, largely due to a problem with the engine purge, which cools the engines for launch, which officials say , was due to a faulty sensor.

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

The officials at NASA 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.

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“NASA continues to follow the process for reviewing the agency’s request for an extension of the current testing requirement for the flight arrest system and is providing additional information and data as needed. In parallel, the agency is continuing preparations for the cryogenic demonstration test and potential launch opportunities, should the application be approved,” the blog post reads.

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