The US Space force has finally agreed to NASA's request to renew the Artemis 1 launch certificate, but a tropical storm is still forming in the launch area that could According to John Blevins, NASA's SLS chief engineer, it finally got the waiver it wanted from the Space Force, and the agency can now launch on September 27. 5 October) or 2 October (10 October). This will be NASA's third attempt to launch a rocket during the Artemis 1 mission, and if successful, it will send an unmanned "Orion" capsule into the lunar orbit.
But for the launch, another important parameter must be The conditions are favorable. At the same time, the American Oceanic Meteorological Agency (NOAA) has issued warnings about a new tropical storm that is currently forming in the Gulf of Mexico and threatens the Florida peninsula.
According to "Tom Tom Whitmeyer, NASA's Joint Exploration Systems Development Vice President, will soon decide whether to continue the launch schedule or return the assembly to the assembly building.
In recent weeks, after the second failed attempt to launch the SLS, NASA 27 It set September as the next possible day to send a rocket to the moon, but in view of exceeding the certification time and to avoid returning the rocket and spacecraft to the assembly building, it requested an extension of the certification. The flight, which is designed to destroy the missile if it deviates from the original path, must be charged and certified over a series of periods. A work that can only be done in the assembly building. Now, the American Space force, by analyzing the information provided by NASA, concluded that the rocket is safe to launch.
Tropical storm arriving at launch site
It seems that NASA is also very concerned about the tropical storm that will soon hit the launch site. The Space center is not slow to arrive. The Space agency officials announced that the SLS can withstand winds of up to 137 kilometers per hour on the launch pad. Also, on the way back to the assembly building, this complex is resistant to sustained winds with a maximum speed of 74 km/h.
In the past days, the cryogenic fueling test went well and NASA achieved all its main goals during it. Found. This test was carried out to check the replaced insulators in the place of the fuel supply connections that had caused a hydrogen leak on September 3 (12 September) during the second launch attempt. The first attempt was aborted earlier on August 29 due to a faulty sensor and an incorrect engine temperature reading.
SLS is a key part of NASA's Artemis program, which seeks to return safely to the Moon. The $50 billion rocket has been plagued by delays and budget overruns, and is currently plagued by hydrogen leaks. An approaching storm could push back the inaugural launch even further, with the next phase of the launch taking place from October 17-31.
Cover photo: Artemis 1 rocket and spacecraft assembly on the launch pad
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