The SLS (Space Launch System) carrier rocket, which is part of the Artemis program, which promises to return man to the moon, did not take off again on Saturday. NASA has canceled a second rocket launch attempt this week, this time after crews at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida failed to fix a liquid hydrogen leak. The launch of the Artemis 1 test mission is therefore delayed again.
During Saturday morning local time, NASA personnel noticed a leak in the rocket’s fuel transfer system and were working to fix the problem. But after three unsuccessful attempts, the staff recommended canceling the planned Saturday flight – just like the Monday flight before. On Monday, the SLS rocket experienced engine problems as one of the four engines failed to reach the correct temperature during cooling.
The rocket will not even be able to lift off on Monday, September 5, which was the last date of this launch window when the SLS could remain waiting on the LC-39B launch pad. This means further inconvenience for NASA, as the SLS will have to be moved back to the assembly hall. The next launch could be carried out on September 19 at the earliest or in October, which according to NASA is a more likely date. However, it is not at all certain whether the launch will actually happen in October.
Source: Svět hardware by www.svethardware.cz.
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