Artemis I ready to take off on September 23

After two failed attempts, as engineers repair the area where a liquid hydrogen leak was detected, it appears that Artemis I take off in a few weeks.

According to nasa blogTechnicians built a tent-like enclosure around the work area to protect hardware and equipment from weather and other environmental conditions on Launch Pad 39B, Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Separately, they also disconnected the rocket-side and ground-side plates at the interface, an operation called a quick disconnect, for the liquid hydrogen fuel feed line. They also performed initial inspections and began replacing two fuel tank seals.

Once the work is complete, engineers will reconnect the plates and conduct initial tests to evaluate the new seals. Meanwhile, the US space agency reported that it is “instructing the Artemis team to proceed with all necessary preparations for testing, followed by launch.”

Preparations include ensuring adequate supplies of propellants and gases used in tank operations, as well as planning flight operations for the mission.

The dates of Artemis I

NASA has requested two launch opportunities, one on the 23rd, with landing on October 18, and another on September 27, with landing scheduled for November 5.

A leak of liquid hydrogen during the process of tanking the rocket that, despite the “multiple efforts” made, could not be solved, forced last Saturday to stop the countdown about three hours before the scheduled time for the window to open. launch.

The SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft are in good condition while remaining on the launch pad, the update noted. The first launch attempt took place on August 29, but was canceled due to a failure in one of the 4 RS-25 engines of the powerful SLS rocket, which is 98 meters high and cost about 4.1 billion dollars.

Main news source: NASA Blog

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