NASA wants Artemis I to launch on September 17. It won’t be easy to get it

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The Artemis program is not going exactly smoothly. The numerous delays of the megarocket that wants to return the human being to the Moon were crowned a few days ago with a new postponement. Now NASA seems to have corrected the mistake and set new dates for the testing and launch of that first stage of the mission called Artemis I, but at this point that proposal is just that.

First, cryogenic tests. NASA already indicated a few days ago that it would carry out a propellant load test (supercold liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen) on September 17, but now the proposed date is September 21. hydrogen leaks that were produced now seem to have been repaired, and if all goes well that test will give way to the theoretical launch a few days later.

September 27, possible release. That is the expected date for the launch of the Artemis I. There is a 70-minute window that will open at 17:37, Spanish peninsular time. If that day the launch does not finally take place, NASA prepares another date: October 2, which offers a 109-minute window that begins at 8:52 p.m., Spanish peninsular time.

Releases pile up. Next October 3 is already reserved for the launch of the Crew-5 to the International Space Station. Once again the mission will take the four crew members aboard SpaceX’s Dragon ship. That makes that second window of October 2 for Artemis I a bit more complicated.

self destruct system. And to all this is added the situation of the self-destruction system of the SLS rocket. The certification of the so-called Flight Termination System had a limit of 20 days that was later extended to 25 for the window that ended on September 6. Now that system is virtually without valid certification, and here the USSF (United States Space Force) is the one that will have to extend once again that certification.

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there will be more opportunities. NASA seems to have gotten a little rushed with the launch, especially seeing the obstacles posed by both the FTS and the Crew-5 mission. What also seems clear is that NASA has no problem in postponing the launch again and again if it sees any signs of problems, and in fact if this new plan does not quite work, there will be another new launch window between the 17th and the 31 October.

The Artemis program is not going exactly smoothly. The numerous delays of the megarocket that wants to return the human…

The Artemis program is not going exactly smoothly. The numerous delays of the megarocket that wants to return the human…

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