NASA has again delayed the final test of its next generation . The company spent most of last weekend conducting an upcoming “wet dress rehearsal” . The test was designed to simulate the mission’s countdown and was mostly going according to plan until NASA experienced problems with SLS’ mobile launch pad.
The problem prevented the agency from safely loading the rocket with liquid propellant, and NASA delayed a critical inspection to correct the problem. It was originally planned to resume testing on April 9 to match Axiom’s Space but today it has further postponed the trial to early next week. It also claims to be revising the test after engineers noticed a problem with a helium check valve designed to prevent gas from escaping the SLS. The revised test would show NASA primarily focusing on fueling the rocket’s core stage, with “minimal thrust operations” on its upper stage.
Due to changes in the loading procedure required for the revised test, the wet dress rehearsal is expected to continue with a call to stations on Tuesday, December 12, NASA said. April and board on Thursday, April 14,” NASA said.
Once testing is complete, NASA can finally continue with Artemis 1. The mission will send an unmanned Orion capsule on a flight around the Moon designed to How will the trip affect human astronauts? The agency will not set a mission date until the wetsuit rehearsal has been completed. If it doesn’t hit any hitches this week, Artemis 1 could launch as early as this June.
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