Return to the garage for SLS. The U.S. space agency announced Monday, April 18, that NASA’s new giant rocket to the moon will be brought back to make changes to its assembly building, after the first test failed at its launch site in Florida.
Despite numerous attempts to carry out this experiment at the Kennedy Space Center, NASA continued to encounter problems. A defective valve must be replaced, which must replace a function that cannot be performed on the launch pad. A leak was detected during the final filling operations of the main phase with liquid hydrogen, which must be resolved.
To “Things you will learn when any new publishing system first goes through this process”NASA justified. “The vehicle works well, but the functions are very complex.” The test involves repeating all the steps that lead to a launch, from filling the tanks to the final countdown, which stops shortly before the engines are ignited.
The U.S. company has not yet specified when it wants to carry out the new test, but repairs to the assembly building will take at least several weeks.
The first mission of the US Lunar Return Project, the Artemis 1, will mark SLS ‘first aircraft, and its development has lagged behind the schedule for many years. This mission would take place without the astronaut: the Orion capsule, located on top of the rocket, would be projected to the moon and placed in orbit before returning to Earth.
According to NASA, a launch window was possible in early June, but now it is much harder to hold. The following missiles, specifically determined by the position of the Earth and the Moon, are extended from June 29 to July 12, and then from July 26 to August 9. The take-off, initially announced at the end of 2021, has already been postponed several times.
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