NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar launch has been delayed for at least four more days around the moon, according to space.
In a blog post yesterday, NASA announced that the previous date is no longer in effect, as it is now targeting September 27 for the launch of “Artemis 1”, with a possible backup date of October 2.
Artemis 1 was supposed to have already launched. NASA first tried to launch the mission on August 29, but it got stuck due to a temperature reading in one of the RS-25 engines of the first stage of the SLS. The mission team quickly traced this problem to a faulty temperature sensor. They prepared SLS and Orion for another attempt on September 3, but a liquid hydrogen fuel leak also thwarted that launch attempt.
The leak occurred on a “quick disconnect,” an interface that connects the SLS’s primary stage to a thruster line coming from the rocket’s moving launch tower, and NASA officials wrote in the update that the Artemis 1 team replaced two seals around the quick disconnect last week and completed other repair work. related problem over the weekend.
NASA is now preparing to test the SLS fuel, which will inject a supercooled thruster into the SLS to show that the leak has already been fixed.
The Artemis 1 group remains at Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but may end up returning to KSC’s massive Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The Artemis 1 “FTS” Journey is only completed for 25 days, and that time is already over.
The highly anticipated Artemis 1 takeoff is getting closer to that of NASA’s SpaceX’s Crew-5 astronaut mission, which is scheduled to launch toward the International Space Station from KSC’s Pad 39A on October 3.