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officials at NASA is postponing the next launch attempt for its Artemis I mega-moon rocket by four days to September 27th The agency announced on Monday.
The Artemis mission team had been before The goal is September 23rd. Oct. 2 is a potential backup date “under review,” according to NASA.
The space The agency is still working on an issue with the rocket, dubbed the Space Launch System, or SLS leaked while refueling with super-cooled liquid hydrogen during the final launch attempt at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, September 3rd. According to NASA, the repair work in the area of the hydrogen leak was carried out over the weekend.
The space The agency had been working to test the system that will power the liquid hydrogen on September 17, but the date for that cryogenic test is now being pushed back to September 21, NASA noted on its Artemis blog.
“The updated data represents a careful consideration of several logistical issues, including the added value of having more time to prepare for cryogenic demonstration testing and then more time to prepare for launch. The data also allows managers to ensure teams have adequate rest and replenish cryogenic propellant stocks,” NASA said in the blog post.
The Sept. 21 test will include an engine breather test, according to the agency. The mission team scrubbed Artemis I’s first launch attempt on Aug. 29 largely due to an issue during the engine bleed that cools the engines for launch, which officials say is due to a faulty sensor.
The September 27 launch window is 70 minutes long – shorter than the 120 minute window available on September 23.
officials at NASA said the space agency is continuing to provide information to the Eastern Range, which must issue a waiver to allow the rocket to remain on the launch pad.
“NASA continues to respect Eastern Range’s process to review the agency’s request to extend the current test requirements for the flight termination system and will provide additional information and data as needed. In parallel, the agency is continuing preparations for the cryogenic demonstration test and potential launch opportunities if the application is approved,” the blog reads.