NASA re-attempts the Artemis 1 mission Saturday

SLS on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SLS on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
photo: NASA-J.Kolski

NASA’s mission management team has decided to retry the Artemis 1 mission Space Launch System Saturday afternoonsay the faulty sensor is the culprit in scrubbing this past Monday.

The space agency’s 322-foot-tall (98-meter) Space Launch System (SLS) currently sits proudly on Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but hopefully it won’t be any longer.After checking the information Monday’s Scrub, NASA’s mission management team has decided to go ahead with the mission, telling reporters late Tuesday that the next launch attempt will take place on Saturday. NASA had previously picked Friday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 5 as possible launch dates, so the decision to try the launch on Saturday was a complete surprise.

At the briefing, Mark Berger, Meteorologists with the Air Force Weather Squadron assessed a 60 percent chance of a weather violation within the launch window.It sounds depressing, but Berger says afternoon showers are likely to be Sporadic Then They “tend to have a lot of real estate between them,” so chances of a launch will likely come within a two-hour window. Artemis launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson said another launch attempt could be made within 48 hours if scrubbing occurs due to severe weather.

All eyes are on Kennedy Space Center as NASA attempts to launch the space agency’s largest rocket ever. Leaving the launch pad with 8.8 million pounds of thrust, the SLS will attempt to send an unmanned Orion capsule into space, where it will perform a trip to the moon and back. Artemis 1 is a test mission designed to lay the groundwork for a crewed Artemis 2 mission in 2024 and a crewed Artemis 3 mission to the moon later this decade.through its Artemis ProjectNASA is trying to send humans back to the lunar environment and keep them there.

Reasons for Monday Scrub with Core-Class Engines Not Up To Ultra-low temperature required for launch. SLS program manager John Honeycutt told reporters on Tuesday that the problem was a faulty sensor, not the engine failing to reach the required cooling temperature. “We saw some benefit in the data,” he said, leading the team to be optimistic about the next attempt to cool the engine. Still, Honeycutt said his team is working on a plan should similar engine readings occur during Saturday’s launch attempt. “Instead of us sitting around scratching our heads, we’re going to have a pass/fail plan,” he added.

Artemis mission manager Mike Sarafin said loader adjustments will be made as the team will initiate engine coolingThe descent procedure is earlier than usual. The SLS has four RS-25 engines that need to be supercooled before a sudden influx of cryogenic propellant during launch. On Monday, sensor readings showed Engine 3 failed to reach its target temperature, but NASA said it likely did reach its expected temperature of about -420 degrees Fahrenheit (-250 degrees Celsius).

Additionally, Sarafin added that the team will be working on the platform to address leaks in the hydrogen tail service mast umbilicals. “We wanted to do some checks and wanted to do some re-torque,” Blackwell-Thompson said of the upcoming pad work.

Monday’s scrub drew criticism from experts who Complained that NASA basically used the launch attempt as the fifth wet dress rehearsal. The four test runs held earlier this year were not fully completed, approximatelyMeterSoon 10% of the test targets were unaccounted for. Aside from a green run test at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, the countdown to launch has not exceeded T-29 seconds.

SLS may take off on Saturday, but it will require NASA to venture into uncharted territory, especially in the later stages of the launch.Hopefully NASA’s vast experience with rockets will prevail, and we’ll finally see this majestic rocket soaring over Floridaa piece of sky.

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