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Bill Nelson, NASA administrator, talked about the October launch
After the cancellation of the launch of the rocket at NASA, Bill Nelson, explained that the launch team will meet to determine if a new launch test is still possible in the next few days, or if the rocket must return to “VAB”, the spacecraft assembly and construction work.
“If that’s the case, the launch will happen in October, he added. And I think that, even if the launch window opens early, it will be more than the middle of the month.”
In fact, in addition to the weather conditions and the proximity of the Moon, NASA should also consider the launch of a SpaceX company flight for the ISS in the first week of October.
More details about today’s liftoff cancellation and subsequent launch possibilities will be provided at a NASA press conference later in the evening.
“We will launch when we are ready” assured the NASA administrator
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson gave an update on the canceled launch of the Artemis 1 mission. “We will launch when we are ready,” he commented.
“Especially in a test flight, he continued. We will do tests, especially with the heat shield and make sure it works before putting four people. [dans ce vaisseau].”
He also recalled that this type of report was common in the space sector.
The cancellation of the launch of Artemis 1, “is not an exception”, recalls Thomas Pesquet
The rocket launching of the Artemis 1 mission was canceled this Saturday. If it is the second time, this procedure is not unusual, remembers the French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
“Eleven space shuttles had to leave the launch pad to return to the hangar, and two of them did it twice in a row … Artemis, for the first mission, was no exception”, he pointed out.
Disappointment for viewers hoping to see the rocket take off
Big disappointment for tens of thousands of spectators near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Many Americans traveled to attend the historic launch of the Artemis program’s first rocket, sometimes traveling thousands of kilometers and camping for days. They hope that a new launch will take place on Monday or Tuesday, the last possible launch window before September 19.
NASA confirmed the launch cancellation
It was the turn of Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, director of the launch of Artemis 1, to confirm the cancellation of the launch of the rocket by NASA. His teams sent him a recommendation in this direction after the fuel leak. This is the second cancellation in less than a week for this mission.
The launch may be postponed to a later date, but NASA teams must conduct analyzes before deciding on a new date.
Mission Artemis: the rocket launch was canceled again
The launch of the Artemis 1 mission rocket has been canceled for today. The launch, originally scheduled at 8:17 pm (French time), will not take place due to the difficulties encountered in the phase of filling the tanks, confirmed the Director General of ESA.
After the first cancellation on Monday, this is the second time that the launch of the first mission of the Artemis program has been postponed.
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Filling the mega-rocket tanks remains at a standstill
Three hours after the first problems, the filling of the liquid hydrogen rocket on the Artemis 1 mission was still stopped. The leak detected in one of the pipes connected to the tank continues, despite the three solutions studied by the NASA teams.
Only a tenth of the required hydrogen has been loaded so far, but the other tank would have been filled with liquid oxygen, the other rocket fuel.
Why return to the moon?
The Artemis program is first and foremost a symbol: the return of astronauts to the Moon, fifty years after the last mission of this type. Many programs have been canceled since the 1970s, despite technical progress.
On the other hand, the Artemis program also aims to make the Moon a rear base for other space exploration missions, especially Mars. Subsequent missions envisage the construction of housing modules and missile launch infrastructure.
More information in our article on this topic.
When will NASA’s mega-rocket launch be postponed?
A fuel leak is currently delaying preparations for the launch of the Artemis mission rocket. The launch, scheduled for 8:17 pm French time, may be postponed until 10:17 pm
If the launch is canceled today, NASA could still organize a test takeoff on Monday. But if this launch is also canceled, it will be necessary to wait at least until September 19 to find again a favorable position of the Earth and the Moon.
A tank leak again caused delays, NASA teams are looking for a solution
During the preparations for the launch, around 1:30 pm (French time), NASA teams noticed a problem filling the liquid hydrogen tanks of the rocket. Many attempts were made to try to find a solution and continue preparations.
On Monday, during the first launch attempt, the problem of filling the tanks also contributed to the delay and then the cancellation of the takeoff.
Preparations for the launch of the rocket have been delayed due to the new leak
The final preparations for the launch of NASA’s mega-rocket to the Moon have been delayed. Due to a new fuel leak, detected a few hours before takeoff, the launch may experience a delay of up to two hours. NASA has indicated, however, that the problem has been identified and that the filling of the tanks has been resumed.
Artemis 1, the first stage of the new space program
Artemis 1 belongs to the new space program from the United States. Ultimately, it aims to send humans to the surface of the Moon again, the last such mission since Apollo 17 in 1972.
The Artemis 1 mission was an uncrewed mission, aimed at testing the Orion spacecraft in orbit around the Moon. Artemis 2, scheduled for 2024, should test the same ship with a crew. Finally, Artemis 3, which will be launched as early as 2025, will carry a crew to the lunar surface.
The first launch attempt was aborted due to engine trouble
The rocket for the Artemis I mission was originally scheduled to lift off around 2pm on Monday. But a leak observed during the filling of the tanks led to a suspension of the start of the countdown. Later, a thermal problem with one of the engines led NASA to postpone the launch to a later date. The agency has since worked to resolve these issues.
NASA will try another launch of its rocket at 8 pm.
NASA will attempt to launch a rocket for its Artemis I mission this Saturday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This new takeoff attempt is scheduled for 8:17 pm French time. On Monday, the first test was canceled at the last minute due to technical problems.