NASA Pushes Back Prospective Artemis Moon Launch Dates
By Micah Maidenberg
NASA pushed back a potential third launch attempt of its massive
moon rocket until at least Sept. 27, or four days after the
earliest possible date the space agency said last week was
In a blog post published Monday evening, the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration also said it was now targeting
Sept. 21 for a key test of repairs that engineers have been
carrying out as the rocket sits on a launch pad at the Kennedy
Space Center in Florida.
Last week, the agency said it expected to conduct that test on
The new timeline accounts for multiple logistical issues, giving
engineers more time to prepare for the test, which will use
super-cold, or cryogenic, fuels, the agency said in the blog
"The dates also allow managers to ensure teams have enough rest
and to replenish supplies of cryogenic propellants," NASA said.
The agency, in updating its potential launch schedule for the
uncrewed Artemis I mission, took out Sept. 23 as a possible flight
date, but said it may try to target Oct. 2 as an additional back-up
date. The latter day is still under review, NASA said.
The agency still doesn't have permission from a division of the
U.S. Space Force that oversees launch operations at the Kennedy
property, a NASA spokeswoman said. NASA needs a waiver from certain
retesting requirements the military unit has set for a
flight-termination system on board the rocket.
NASA originally hoped to ignite its Space Launch System rocket
with the Orion spacecraft on top on Aug. 29, but scrubbed that
attempt in part due to a bad sensor that fed it faulty data during
an engine-cooling procedure.
On Sept. 3, the agency struggled with what engineers described
as a relatively large hydrogen leak and called off a launch attempt
The demonstration test now slated for no earlier than Sept. 21
will allow engineers to confirm that the hydrogen leak has been
repaired, among other goals, NASA said in its Monday evening blog
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