NASA will launch its Artemis 1 rocket in 1 month and return to the launch area early next month if all goes according to plan.
The Artemis 1 – an extensive Rock Launch System (SLS) rocket with a capsule of Orion crew at the top – is scheduled to return to Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida in early June for another try.” wet. “Dress rehearsal test, “agency officials wrote a review on Friday (May 20).
The wet coat will use SLS and Orion for pre-launch tests and processes, including rocket launching and several simulation calculations. And next month’s effort will not be the first of Artemis 1’s.
NASA first rolled the Artemis 1 stack to Pad 39B from KSC’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in mid-March to try on a wet coat that started on April 1. That effort was supposed to end two days later, but it was delayed again. in the end. A series of problems have been set up, including a valve stuck in the car’s launch tower and a hydrogen leak in the “navel” line connecting the building to the rocket.
NASA rolled the Artemis 1 stack from Pad 39B and returned to VAB on April 25 to investigate and rectify those problems. Officials said that the work had been well done, such as a site renovation by an independent contractor providing nitrogen gas testing and a campaign to launch Artemis 1. (Gaseous nitrogen is used to purify oxygen in SLS before fuel operation, for safety purposes, during wet dressing and presentation.)
“After the completion of the few remaining verifications, the teams will withdraw platforms within the VAB to prepare SLS and Orion for release on pad 39B,” they wrote in a review Friday. “Plans require that the next wet clothing exercise take place approximately 14 days after the rocket arrives in the area.”
The wet blanket shows that Artemis 1’s SLS and Orion are ready to launch a campaign around the moon, the first release of NASA’s lunar spacecraft. The agency intends to launch Artemis 1 almost every month this summer, though it will not set a target date until a wet coat is made and the resulting data is analyzed.