NASA targeting February for launch of first moon rocket since Apollo mission

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Artemis I mission will launch next generation of deep space operations

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NASA is now targeting February 2022 for the launch of its powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

Stacked with the agency’s Orion crew capsule, the SLS is 332 feet tall and currently sits at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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sls will Launch the next generation of deep space operations, on and around the Moon, including the Artemis mission.

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It was initially scheduled to fly in November But time is running behind.

NASA said in a release issued on Friday That integrated system is entering the final stages of preparation for an upcoming unmanned flight test around the Moon – which also includes a series of integrated tests.

Its mission, known as Artemis I, will pave the way for future flight testing with crew, and NASA aims to send the first woman and the first person of color to the Moon in the coming years.

Mike Bolger, Exploration Ground Systems Program Mike Bolger, said, “What this milestone means is not only for Exploration Ground Systems, but for all the incredibly talented people who have helped us get to this point. I have worked so hard for this, it is difficult to describe in words. The manager said in a statement, “Our team has demonstrated tremendous dedication to preparing for the launch of Artemis Eye. While there is still work to be done for the launch, with continuous integrated testing and wet dress rehearsals, the entire Seeing SLS stacked like this is definitely a reward for all of us.”

Testing includes interface validation testing, program specific engineering testing, end-to-end communication testing, countdown sequencing testing and wet dress rehearsal testing.

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According to Space.comIn Friday’s media briefing, Tom Whitmire, deputy associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development at NASA Headquarters, told reporters that the stacked rocket and crew capsule were tested at Launch Pad 398 in late December and West Dress rehearsal tests in January before going on Will roll out for After another trick on the back pad for more checkout.

“Before rolling out to the pad for wet wear, teams will conduct the first two-part test of the flight termination system inside the VAB. Once the system is verified, the 322-foot-tall rocket will be back inside. Return to the pad for launch. VAB for final inspection and checkout, including the second part of the flight termination system test, before.

The agency said it would set a specific launch date after a successful weight dress rehearsal.

sls is driven by a main stage With four RS-25 liquid propellant engines and twin five-segmented solid rocket boosters that generate millions of pounds of thrust.

NASA already fired up the core stage and its engines twice this year to make sure the rocket’s components were working — though the first hot fire test in January ended early because of a hydraulic system problem.

NASA finally completed Engine test firing of his Moon rocket in March.

Apollo 17 mission of 1972 It was the last in which humans traveled to the Moon.


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