NASA provides an update after the Artemis 1 launch was scrapped due to technical issues
NASA’s Artemis 1 launch recovered on Monday. Fuel leaks forced NASA to debug the launch of its new moon rocket in an unmanned test flight.
Now NASA engineers need to determine how much repair the engine will need. Is it something that can be done on the platform or does it have to go back to the VAB? NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said the following about the launch:
“We don’t take off until it’s ok. And indeed they have a problem with gases escaping from an engine. You can’t go, there are certain guidelines,” Nelson said.
The next start attempt will take place on Friday at the earliest. The starting window on Friday opens at 12:48 p.m. and stays open until 2:48 p.m. Launch Pad 39-B.
According to NASA, the engineering team is fixing an engine 3 bleed flow issue in the core phase and the countdown is on.
The launch window opened at 8:33 AM. and it should be open until 10:33. The start was removed a few minutes after opening the window due to a technical problem.
Hundreds of thousands of people visit Brevard County hoping for a great view. Between 100,000 and 500,000 people are expected to descend to the Space Coast to watch Monday’s launch.
For a complete list of the best places in Central Florida to see the historic launch, Brevard County officials have braced for heavy traffic on the day of the launch, even advising parents to plan ahead to get their kids to school.
” Be patient Be aware of pedestrians as there will be many people crossing the streets,” said Don Walker of Brevard County Emergency Management Response.
“We’ve heard as many as 500,000 from the Cape. So you’re talking about almost doubling the size of Brevard County in just, on a Monday morning,” Walker said.
The rocket will launch without astronauts, orbiting the moon before coming back to earth.
Rather than astronauts, a mannequin named Commander Moonikin Campos will helm the Orion spacecraft, with two mannequin torsos called Helga and Zohar along for the ride.
The Artemis program aims to land the first woman and the first person of color on the moon and eventually deliver astronauts to Mars.
The inaugural mission will test out the new Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft and multiple components designed to make deep space travel safer for humans.
The mission will help make sure things go smoothly for the Orion spacecraft for Artemis 2, which is expected in 2024.
Weather conditions are looking favorable for the launch.