Miami Florida.- The POT announced September 27 as the date to try again to launch the Artemis I lunar mission from Kennedy Space Center Cape Canaveral (Florida), after two failed attempts due to technical problems.
According to the plan of the American space agency, the 70 minute launch window will open at 11:37 a.m. (3:37 p.m. GMT) on September 27.
The objective of the Artemis I mission is to test the powerful SLS (Space Launch System) rocket and the Orion spacecraft, which will travel beyond the Moon to orbit the Earth’s satellite, before sending a manned mission, the Artemis IIY later a third in which NASA astronauts They will step on the lunar surface again.
If the trip starts on the 27th of this month and everything goes according to planthe Orion spacecraft will return to Earth on November 5
As an alternative date for the release, still pending confirmation, it is studied on October 2.
Before launch, a test of the cryogenic tanks and thrusters will take place on September 21.
In the same statement, NASA said that the launch of the manned mission to the International Space Station (ISS) Crew-5 call will not be before 12:45 (16:45 GMT) on Monday, October 3.
“Teams are working on the next launch of the commercial crew in parallel with the planning of Artemis I and both launch schedules will continue to be evaluated in the coming weeks.”
The return of Crew-4 from the ISS will take place after a short handover on the space station with Crew-5.
Last weekend the teams of Artemis I completed the repair work on the area where a hydrogen leak occurred which forced the cancellation of the second launch attempt on September 3.
The first attempt was scheduled for August 29 and also had to be canceled due to technical problems.
Proceeded to reconnect the plates on the side of the rocket and the ground in the disconnection fast fuel feed line of liquid hydrogen where two seals were replaced last week.
This week the teams will carry out tests in ambient conditions to ensure there is a close bond between the two plates before cryogenic tank testing.
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During the test, the launch controllers will load supercold liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen in the central part and the cryogenic propulsion intermediate of the SLS rocket.
The test will confirm that the hydrogen leak is effectively closed and evaluate the updated propellant loading procedures, that are designed to reduce thermal stress, among other processes.