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NASA Will Try The Artemis Launch Thing Once Again

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
November 12, 2022
NASA Will Try The Artemis Launch Thing Once Again
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is seen atop the mobile launcher at Launch Pad 39B

Keith’s note: According to NASA PAO: “NASA confirmed it remains on track for the launch of the Artemis I Moon mission during a two-hour launch window that opens at 1:04 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The launch countdown will begin at 1:24 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14.” More.

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2 responses to “NASA Will Try The Artemis Launch Thing Once Again”

  1. Johnhouboltsmyspiritanimal says:

    So winds put high lateral forces on the ship, they can’t do close up inspection at the pad and are launching at night so who knows what will happen if things go sideways. The rush to get this into orbit before the end of the year seems ripe for disaster.

  2. Nick K says:

    Good luck.

    I suspect NASA will need more than a little luck.

    Without mentioning the lengthy multiple year delays in completing and preparing for this first flight, the last several months of delays is notable.

    They tried to do a wet sim, and called it complete last spring, without ever meeting their own requirements. Then they were on the pad supposedly ready to proceed when they found they had no access to batteries which required charging. Then they used the first hurricane as an excuse to rollback to the VAB, causing a 3 month delay, but the second hurricane which was a direct hit was not an issue. Now they are down to the last few weeks before the SRBs ‘expire’, and which will require replacement if they don’t get off the ground in the next month.

    I cannot help but wonder whether the vehicle design and software has actually been tested.

    One has to wonder how they are running this show.

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