NASA officials to provide update on Artemis I moon rocket ahead of test


BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – NASA officials are set to hold a news briefing next week to discuss the latest developments concerning the Artemis I moon rocket ahead of a scheduled test.

The space agency said the teleconference would be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19. This comes days before mission managers plan on conducting a cryogenic demonstration test, currently scheduled no earlier than Wednesday, Sept. 21.

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The teleconference also comes after space officials said they fixed the reoccurring hydrogen leak that led to the two previous Artemis I launch attempts on Aug. 29 and Sept. 3 being scrubbed.

Mission managers said the tanking test scheduled no earlier than Sept. 21 will be essential in determining if the seals crews replaced inside the quick-disconnect hold.

NASA also needs the Space Force to grant a waiver for its Flight Termination System (FTS), the ability to destroy the moon rocket if it goes off course, before attempting liftoff again.

NASA Space officials are now targeting a 70-minute launch window beginning at 11:37 a.m. on Sept. 27. A second opportunity opens at 2:52 p.m. for 109 minutes on Oct. 2.

News 6 will stream the teleconference live at the top of this story.

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