NASA stated its subsequent Artemis launch try might arrive as quickly as Sept. 23.
Engineers are repairing the world the place a hydrogen leak was detected over the last try final weekend.
To repair the problem, technicians have arrange a protecting tent across the work space at Kennedy House Heart’s Launch Pad 39B.
They’ve disconnected the fast disconnect interface for the liquid hydrogen gas feed line and have begun to switch two seals.
NASA REPLACING SEAL ON ARTEMIS ROCKET INTERFACE
One seal surrounds the eight-inch line used to fill and drain liquid hydrogen from the core stage, and one other surrounds the four-inch bleed line used to redirect a number of the propellant throughout tanking operations.
Upon completion, engineers will reconnect the plates and carry out preliminary checks to guage the brand new seals.
No prior to Sept. 17, the seals might be examined beneath cryogenic or supercold circumstances, throughout which the House Launch System rocket’s core stage and interim cryogenic propulsion stage might be loaded with liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to validate the restore beneath the circumstances it will expertise on launch day.
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Engineers are in the course of creating a plan for these checkouts.
The company has additionally submitted a request to the Japanese Vary for an extension of the present testing requirement for the flight termination system.
It’s instructing the Artemis workforce to maneuver ahead with all preparations required for testing.
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Two launch home windows on Sept. 23 and Sept. 27 have been requested, however groups are getting ready to assist extra dates that align with extra missions.