the take-off to the Moon canceled again, due to a fuel leak

the take-off to the Moon canceled again, due to a fuel leak

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Bill Nelson, NASA administrator, talks about an October launch

After the cancellation of the launch of the NASA rocket, Bill Nelson, explains that the launch team will meet to find out if a new launch attempt is still possible in the next few days, or if the rocket must return to ” VAB”, the spacecraft assembly and work building.

“If that’s the case, the launch will take place in October, he adds. And I think that, even if the launch window opens early, it will be more towards the middle of the month.”

Indeed, in addition to the weather conditions and the proximity of the Moon, NASA must also take into account the launch of a SpaceX company flight for the ISS the first week of October.

Further details on the cancellation of today’s liftoff and the next launch possibilities will be given at a NASA press conference later in the evening.

“We will launch when we are ready” assures the administrator of NASA

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson provides an update on the canceled launch of the Artemis 1 mission. “We will launch when we are ready,” he comments.

“Especially on a test flight, he continues. We are going to do tests, in particular on the heat shield and make sure that it works before putting four people [dans ce vaisseau].”

He also recalls that this type of report is common in the space sector.

The cancellation of the launch of Artemis 1, “is not an exception”, recalls Thomas Pesquet

The rocket launch of the Artemis 1 mission was canceled this Saturday. If it is already the second time, this procedure is not exceptional, recalls the French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

“Eleven space shuttles had to leave the launch pad to return to the hangar, and two of them did so twice in a row… Artemis, for a first mission, is no exception”, he points out.

Disappointment for the spectators who hoped to see the takeoff of the rocket

Deep disappointment for the tens of thousands of spectators near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Many Americans had made the trip to attend the historic launch of the first rocket of the Artemis program, sometimes traveling thousands of kilometers and camping for several days. They hope a new launch will take place on Monday or Tuesday, the last possible firing window before September 19.

NASA confirms launch cancellation

It is the turn of Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, launch director of Artemis 1, to confirm the cancellation of the launch of the NASA rocket. His teams had sent him a recommendation in this direction after a fuel leak. This is the second cancellation in less than a week for this mission.

The launch could be postponed to a later date, but NASA teams must carry out analyzes before deciding on a new date.

Mission Artemis: rocket launch canceled again

The launch of the Artemis 1 mission rocket is canceled for today. The launch, initially scheduled for 8:17 p.m. (French time), will not take place due to difficulties encountered in the filling phase of the tanks, confirms the Director General of ESA.

After a first cancellation on Monday, this is the second time that the launch of the first mission of the Artemis program has been postponed.

More information here.

Filling the tanks of the mega-rocket still at a standstill

Three hours after the first problems, the filling of the liquid hydrogen of the rocket of the Artemis 1 mission is still stopped. The leak spotted on one of the pipes connected to the tank persists, despite the three solutions studied by NASA teams.

Only a tenth of the required hydrogen could be loaded so far, but the other tank could well have been filled with liquid oxygen, the rocket’s other fuel.

Why go back to the moon?

The Artemis program is first and foremost a symbol: the return of astronauts to the Moon, fifty years after the last mission of this type. Many programs have been canceled since the 1970s, despite technical advances.

On the other hand, the Artemis program also aims to make the Moon a rear base for other space exploration missions, in particular to Mars. Subsequent missions envisage the construction of housing modules and missile launching infrastructures.

More information in our article on this subject.

When could the launch of NASA’s mega-rocket be postponed?

A fuel leak is currently delaying preparations for the launch of the Artemis mission rocket. The launch, scheduled for 8:17 p.m. French time, could be postponed until 10:17 p.m.

If the launch is canceled today, NASA could still organize a takeoff attempt on Monday. But if this launch were also to be canceled, it would be necessary to wait at least until September 19 to find again a favorable position of the Earth and the Moon.

A tank leak again causing delays, NASA teams are looking for a solution

During launch preparations, around 1:30 p.m. (French time), NASA teams detected a problem in filling the rocket’s liquid hydrogen tanks. Several tests are carried out to try to find a solution and resume preparations.

On Monday, during the first launch attempt, a problem in filling the tanks had also contributed to the delay and then the cancellation of the takeoff.

Rocket launch preparations delayed due to new leak

Final preparations for the launch of NASA’s mega-rocket to the Moon have been delayed. Due to a new fuel leak, detected a few hours before takeoff, the launch could experience a delay of up to two hours. NASA indicates, however, that the problem has been identified and that the filling of the tanks has been able to resume.

Artemis 1, the first stage of a new space program

Artemis 1 belongs to a new space program from the United States. Eventually, it aims to send people to the surface of the Moon again, the last such mission dating back to Apollo 17 in 1972.

The Artemis 1 mission is an uncrewed mission, which aims to test the Orion spacecraft in orbit around the Moon. Artemis 2, scheduled for 2024, will have to test the same ship with a crew. Finally, Artemis 3, which will be launched at the earliest in 2025, will take a crew to the lunar surface.

A first attempt to launch aborted due to an engine problem

The rocket for the Artemis I mission was originally scheduled to leave around 2 p.m. on Monday. But a leak observed during the filling of the tanks had led to a suspension of the starting countdown. Then, a thermal problem on one of the engines led NASA to postpone the launch to a later date. The agency has since worked to resolve these issues.

NASA will attempt another launch of its rocket at 8 p.m.

NASA will attempt to launch the rocket for its Artemis I mission this Saturday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This new takeoff attempt is scheduled for 8:17 p.m. French time. On Monday, a first attempt was canceled at the last minute due to technical problems.

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