The Artemis team took the time to review the data collected from the successful attempt and test it before the final test on Monday, and determined that there was no need for wet clothes training anymore. The test simulates each stage of launch without leaving the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Tom Whitmeyer, NASA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for General Intelligence Teams, said, “During the wet clothes training activities, we increased our knowledge of how rocket and ground systems work together and became proficient in launch procedures at many sites.” development of systems, the statement said.
“We have completed the training phase and everything we have learned will help us improve our ability to climb during the target’s start window.”
Monday’s test includes filling all four missile tanks with very cold fuel, going through a full countdown and unloading the missile tanks. Hydrogen leaks and other problems during the test prevented the team from going far with two countdowns. as planned.
Nevertheless, the team concluded that the trial attempts had achieved almost all of the goals required before the release.
At a news conference on Friday, Phil Weber, chief technical integration manager at NASA’s Earth Exploration Systems Program, said: “Only 13 of the 128 commands planned at the terminal have not been successfully executed.”
“And we looked at them in detail, and it turned out that most of them have already been confirmed in previous tests.”
After Friday, engineers will test a booster hydraulic power plant while sitting on the launch pad, a component of the rocket that has yet to be tested Monday.
According to NASA, “The cars consist of hydrazine-powered turbines connected to pumps that provide pressure to turn the booster nozzles used to control the rocket during ascent.”
Thursday exam John Blevins, chief engineer of NASA’s Space Launch System Program, is not required, but the engineers want to make a quick turnaround in the system to reduce the risk of any future failures.
Next week, the Artemis team will roll the 322-foot (98-meter-high) Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft back into the Car Assembly Building. The stack will remain in the building for six to eight weeks for repair and commissioning preparations.
During this time, the engineers developed a plan to complete the final goals, such as changing the seal to eliminate liquid hydrogen leakage. Cliff Lanham, NASA’s General Manager of Automotive Operations for the Intelligence Ground Systems Program, said the team will also test and install pyrotechnic devices for stop-and-go equipment.
Unmanned, Artemis will embark on a mission beyond the first moon and back to Earth. The mission will launch NASA’s Artemis program, which is expected to return humans to the moon and land the first woman and first man of color on the moon by 2025.
“The team continues to amaze me with its creative thinking and skills,” said Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, Artemis’ graduation director at Kennedy. “Our Artemis release team worked quickly to adapt to the dynamics of refueling operations. With each stage and each test, we are one step closer to release.”
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