logo
  

NASA Sets Nov. 14 For Next Moon Rocket Launch Attempt

moonrocket oct13 lt

NASA will make another attempt to launch the giant Moon rocket carrying Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission on November 14.

A 69-minute launch window will open at 12:07 a.m. ET.

Inspections and analyses over the previous week have confirmed that minimal work is required to prepare the rocket and spacecraft to roll out to Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA said in a press release.

Teams will perform standard maintenance to repair minor damage to the foam and cork on the thermal protection system and recharge or replace batteries on the rocket, several secondary payloads, and the flight termination system.

The rocket was rolled back following Hurricane Ian earlier this month. The U.S. space agency said it plans to roll the rocket back to the launch pad as early as November 4.

NASA has requested back-up launch opportunities for November 16, at 1:04 a.m. and November 19, at 1:45 a.m., which are both two-hour launch windows.

If the launch on November 14 turns out to be successful, it would result in a mission duration of about 25-and-a-half days with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on December 9.

Two previous attempts to launch the 322-foot-tall stack, consisting of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, from Kennedy Space Center in Florida failed due to technical glitches.

The historic maiden test flight, originally scheduled for August 29, was abandoned after encountering an issue with one of the four RS-25 engines on the bottom of the rocket's core stage.

The second launch attempt on September 3 failed when engineers could not overcome a hydrogen leak in a quick disconnect, an interface between the liquid hydrogen fuel feed line and the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

The third launch attempt, which was scheduled for September 27, was cancelled following adverse weather conditions due to Hurricane Ian.

The Artemis I test flight with no crew on board is aimed at laying the foundation for a sustained long-term human presence on and around the Moon.

Artemis 2 and 3 missions aim to send astronauts back to the lunar surface for the first time after half a century.

For comments and feedback contact: editorial@rttnews.com

Business News

Editors Pick
Integrated energy company Chevron reported Friday that profit for the fourth quarter increased 25 percent from last year, reflecting 17 percent revenue growth amid higher realizations and higher margins on refined product sales. Adjusted earnings per share missed analysts' estimates, while quarterly revenues topped it. Reno, Nevada-based ZLINE Kitchen and Bath has expanded its recall of gas ranges citing serious risk of injury or death from carbon monoxide poisoning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced. The recall now includes about 30,000 units of ZLINE gas ranges, including about 28,000 units... The Food and Drug Administration's independent advisory committee unanimously recommended replacing the current original COVID vaccines used in the U.S. for primary shots with new bivalent omicron shots authorized as boosters, reports said. The committee also considered the proposal for annual COVID vaccination, however, didn't vote on it.
Follow RTT