The launch of the Artemis 1 rocket to the moon will not take place until the fall

Following a serious problem with NASA's Artemis 1 mission and the cancellation of the launch process again, the massive rocket of the Space Launch System returns to the assembly building to receive its flight certificate again. And its launch will not be done until the next few months.

BingMag.com The launch of the Artemis 1 rocket to the moon will not take place until the fall

Following a serious problem with NASA's Artemis 1 mission and the cancellation of the launch process again, the massive rocket of the Space Launch System returns to the assembly building to receive its flight certificate again. And its launch will not be done until the next few months.

NASA made its first attempt to launch the Artemis 1 rocket on August 29 (7 September), due to the misdetection of one of the sensors during engine cooling and the announcement Not enough super-cooled fuel arrived, as well as some other technical problems and weather conditions stopped it.

Thus, a second attempt was planned for last night, but again it was unsuccessful. A few hours before the launch and at the time of refueling, NASA experts noticed an unexpected leak in the interface between the liquid hydrogen feeding tube and the rocket, which despite testing several possible temporary solutions, they could not fix it, and thus this operation was stopped. /p>

Furthermore, after reviewing the conditions, mission managers decided to forego additional efforts during the current launch period. In fact, the current planned launch period ends on September 6 (the morning of September 16), and there is not enough time to replace the faulty hardware that caused the hydrogen leak, and continue to retest it and receive a launch certificate from the United States Space Force.

The launch period refers to the days in which there is an opportunity to launch a rocket to reach the target orbit. Each launch period includes several launch windows of several hours in which the mission can be launched.

The rocket is now in stable condition and specialists are troubleshooting it, according to NASA. Over the next few days, various mission teams will assess the situation by accessing the leak area on Launch Pad 39B and evaluating other data to decide whether to fix the problem on the launch pad or whether it needs to be fixed in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). /p>

However, certification to meet launch range safety requirements now takes about 25 days, and NASA is forced to return the rocket and spacecraft assembly to the VAB to reset the system's batteries before the next launch. Unless it gets a waiver from the US Space Force.

Having completely canceled efforts in the current launch period, NASA must now decide to choose one of the other available slots. Due to the complex orbital mechanics involved in launching to the moon, only at certain times can a rocket be sent into space. The next launch periods include:

September 19 to October 4 (28 Shahrivar to 12 Mehr)

This period includes 14 launch windows but with Taking into account that the crewed mission "Crew-5" will travel to the International Space Station, it is unlikely that NASA will choose this launch period.

October 17 to 31 (25 Mehr to November 9)

There are 11 launch windows available in this period, and there is a possibility of choosing it. But it should be kept in mind that during this period, other factors such as the weather conditions and the occurrence of numerous storms, will not be favorable conditions for launching.

12 to 27 November (21 November to 6 December)>

This launch period spans 12 launch windows and is more likely to be selected, all things considered.

December 9-23 ( December 18 to December 2)

This period also includes 11 launch windows, but most likely, the mission was completed before that.

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No one is more excited than NASA to begin Artemis' journey to the moon, but the space agency will only launch the rocket when it's ready. Other missions have faced pre-launch problems before. Including before the start of the space shuttle journeys, the complex was returned to the vehicle assembly building 20 times due to technical problems. A new mass is especially difficult to send humans to the moon.

Cover photo: SLS rocket assembly and Orion spacecraft on the launch pad
Credit: NASA

Sources: NASA , K. Ebadi, Space Coast Daily, CNN

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