NASA announced on Thursday that it is attempting to resolve the problems that caused the Artemis I moon rocket launch to be postponed last week and that it hopes to try again later this month.
On September 3, the space agency aborted the mission’s second launch attempt after spotting a hydrogen leak while the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket was being fueled. The SLS rocket and the unmanned Orion capsule are making their debuts on the Artemis I mission, which is scheduled to travel around the moon for more than a month.
Throughout the Saturday launch countdown, NASA made multiple vain attempts to stop the leak.
The replacement of seals on the fueling system will be finished by the end of the day, according to NASA officials, who stated this during a news conference on Thursday. Work at the launchpad is still proceeding, they added. On September 17, NASA plans to perform a tanking demonstration to demonstrate that the replacement operation was successful.
NASA has requested fresh launch dates from the U.S. Space Force’s Eastern Range, which assesses and approves all missions that take off from the Cape Canaveral region. This is assuming that the work and testing are finished by then. The agency has requested to attempt launches on September 23 and September 27.
Jim Free, assistant administrator for NASA, highlighted that the Space Force’s approval of extending the specifications for the batteries for the rocket’s flight termination system, which is required in the case of a failure mid-launch, is important to these requests.
If our battery retest requirements can be extended, we’re trying to prepare a course of action, Free said
To proceed with an attempt on either of those launch dates, NASA needs permission from the Eastern Range. If the hydrogen leak work isn’t finished or waived, NASA will have to postpone the Artemis I mission until October.