The giant rocket of the Artemis mission was repaired on the launch pad

With NASA completing critical repairs to the Space Launch System rocket, the agency is now preparing for the launch of the Artemis 1 mission.

BingMag.com The giant rocket of the Artemis mission was repaired on the launch pad

With NASA completing critical repairs to the Space Launch System rocket, the agency is now preparing for the launch of the Artemis 1 mission.

Engineers On Friday, NASA replaced the insulation of the fuel supply pipe from the launch tower, which caused the cancellation of the launch operation in the second attempt.

September 3 (12 Shahrivar) one of the connections on the rocket fuel pipeline faced a hydrogen leak. became. The ground personnel tried several times to fix the problem, but as the leakage continued, NASA stopped the launch operation. Finally, in recent days, the engineers managed to replace the insulation responsible for this leakage on the launch pad. They also replaced a smaller leak in the 4-inch (10 cm) hydrogen discharge pipeline, which on August 29 was one of the factors that stopped the first launch attempt.

By replacing these parts, NASA now He plans to carry out the fueling test to check their correct operation. In this dry refueling experiment, engineers will load 736,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen into the tanks as required in a normal flight. It allows the new insulators to be tested in cryogenic or ultra-cold conditions, as they would be on launch day."

NASA is now targeting September 23 as the date for the next launch attempt, and 27 It has also announced September (October 5) as a back-up date.

Even though it can really reach these announced dates, it depends on the refueling test and also receiving an exemption from the US Space Force.

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According to the launch rules established by the US space force, NASA must test the flight termination system battery once every 20 days. which can only be done in the assembly building, not on the launch pad.

Previously, the flight approval was granted a five-day extension, but now NASA has requested another waiver, and it appears that NASA officials Space also have a positive view on this issue.

Cover photo: Replacing the insulation of the connection part of the Artemis 1 rocket mission
Credit: NASA

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