NASA has completed repairs to its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The leaking fuel seals on the SLS were replaced by engineers last week. Earlier this month one of the fuel lines for the SLS was leaking, prompting the space agency to halt its attempt to launch the Artemis I SLS-orion spacecraft.
In addition, NASA plans to conduct a fuel test to verify whether the replaced seal is working as intended. NASA has also announced that it is targeting another attempt to send its Artemis I Moon rocket into space on September 23.
NASA announced in a blog post that it has successfully replaced the seals associated with hydrogen leaks on the Artemis I SLS rocket. The space agency NASA had on September 3 aborted its second attempt to launch its Moon rocket as a result of fueling.
According to the US space agency, an 8-inch line was used to fill and remove liquid hydrogen from the core stage, and a 4-inch bleed line was used to redirect some of the propellant during tanking operations. and replaced by engineers prior to the next launch attempt.
NASA said the umbilical plates were reconnected and inspected by technicians over the weekend while a tanking demonstration is being prepared for early Sept. A senior official, Jim Frey, told reporters that NASA is looking at September 23 and September 27 as possible dates for its next attempt to launch its Artemis 1 mission to the Moon.
Two previous attempts failed after technical glitches in the rocket, including a fuel leak, in the last week of August and early September. This mission is an exciting step towards bringing humans back to the Moon for the first time since 1972.
In the final launch attempt on September 3, just 40 minutes before the Space Launch System rocket took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a leaking fuel line forced engineers to abort the launch.
The Artemis 1 mission is not just about putting our footprints on the lunar dust, it marks the beginning of a new space race for lunar resources. It will conduct an uncrewed test flight for 42 days to orbit the Moon and return to Earth. The trip will use a new launch vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS), which is currently the most powerful rocket in the world.