Author Topic: Artemis I Pre-Launch Testing at LC-39B (Leading up to and including all WDR's)  (Read 122776 times)

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No specific thread for this yet and I figure we need one.

NSF article from rollout:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2022/03/sls-rollout-wet-dress-rehearsal/

« Last Edit: 06/01/2022 06:22 pm by zubenelgenubi »
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The CAA was retracted from Orion earlier.

KSC Newsroom feed
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Now under L-45 hours, the launch team has arrived at firing room 1 for this weekends test.

https://twitter.com/nasagroundsys/status/1510000154547568644?s=21&t=V1EiVG3ruafo9dRKjzGuzw
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The CAA was retracted from Orion earlier.

KSC Newsroom feed
Looking marvellous!
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« Last Edit: 04/02/2022 02:12 am by ChrisC »
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The CAA was retracted from Orion earlier.

KSC Newsroom feed
Looking marvellous!
No longer so via the feed since camera is not in automatic mode or being attended and controlled. It is more impressive with the mark one eyeballs.

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The CAA was retracted from Orion earlier.

KSC Newsroom feed
Looking marvellous!
No longer so via the feed since camera is not in automatic mode or being attended and controlled. It is more impressive with the mark one eyeballs.
Actually, yes. I agree with you.
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Countdown Progressing for Artemis I Wet Dress Rehearsal



Around 3 a.m. on Saturday April 2, at approximately L-35 hours and 20 minutes, the Artemis I launch control team powered up the Space Launch System rocket’s core stage, which will be loaded with more than 700,000 gallons of propellants during the tanking phase of the countdown. During the day, teams will charge Orion flight batteries, conduct final preparations on umbilical arms, and conduct a final pre-launch walkdown.


While operations at the pad may not be visible during today’s activities at the launch pad, NASA is streaming live video of the rocket and spacecraft on the Kennedy Newsroom YouTube channel.


NASA is also sharing updates on the Exploration Ground Systems Twitter account. Real-time updates from Jeremy Parsons, deputy manager of the Exploration Ground Systems Program, will begin on the account when the launch director and mission management team chair give a “go” for tanking operations, expected to occur around 7 a.m. EDT on Sunday, April 3.


NASA will provide an update after the conclusion of a weather briefing at 10 a.m. EDT.
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Weather Still Favorable for Artemis I Wet Dress Rehearsal

Meteorologists with the U.S. Space Force Space Launch Delta 45 currently predict favorable weather conditions for tanking on April 3. Forecast for this afternoon slightly improved from yesterday. There is currently less than a 5% chance of lightning within five nautical miles of the launch pad. Weather constraints stipulate there must be less than a 20% chance lightning within 5 nautical miles of pad during the first hour of tanking. Meteorologists are also predicting a 10% chance of winds greater than 23 knots on April 3, when tanking begins. Winds must not be above 37.5 knots and the temperature cannot be below 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

The launch team is monitoring the potential for severe weather in the area later today and adjusting planned outdoor activities to remain on track for the wet dress rehearsal schedule.

While operations at the pad may not be visible during today’s activities at the launch pad, NASA is streaming live video of the rocket and spacecraft on the Kennedy Newsroom YouTube channel.

NASA is also sharing updates on the Exploration Ground Systems Twitter account. Real-time updates from Jeremy Parson, deputy manager of the Exploration Ground Systems Program, will begin on the account when the launch director and mission management team chair give a “go” for tanking operations, expected to occur around 7 a.m. EDT on Sunday, April 3.

The next blog update will be provided after the side flame deflectors are moved into place, which is expected to occur around 5:40 p.m. or L-21 hours.
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For those who want to keep up with the testing and WDR, I listed all the milestones mentioned by NASA as well as the approximate times for each milestone, remember that these times may change due to unannounced or unplanned delays in the plans.
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Wasn't it powered on last night?

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Wasn't it powered on last night?
Yes, it turned on at about 02:40 UTC according to NASA's schedule.
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Moving of the flame deflectors is occurring/occurred.

https://twitter.com/NASAGroundSys/status/1510324824618450945
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Moving of the flame deflectors is occurring/occurred.

https://twitter.com/NASAGroundSys/status/1510324824618450945
Not yet. The SRB Side Flame Deflectors (SFDs) are still in the standard pre-launch positions.
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Wee bit of weather at the moment. Truly a "wet" dress rehearsal.

Is the WDR still proceeding, with all these thunderstorms blowing through?

Edit: Never mind, I see that that actual WDR is scheduled for tomorrow. We are in the countdown TO the WDR, not the countdown OF the WDR.
« Last Edit: 04/02/2022 08:24 pm by Mark S »

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Jesus wept! That storm!
Speaking of which, I Googled the weather in Cape Canaveral, and here's what I found:

It's a report from National Weather Service who is tracking a severe thunderstorm that is currently striking Florida at this time. On the plus side, it is scheduled to be sunny tomorrow, according to BBC Weather:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/4149959

For those who are wondering, KSC is in Brevard County.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Florida
6 hours ago – National Weather Service

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 90 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 PM EDT
FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
FL

.    FLORIDA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE
BREVARD              CITRUS              FLAGLER
HERNANDO             INDIAN RIVER        LAKE
LEVY                 MARION              MARTIN
OKEECHOBEE           ORANGE              OSCEOLA
PASCO                POLK                PUTNAM
SEMINOLE             ST. LUCIE           SUMTER
VOLUSIA
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Also, the storm is affecting Spaceflight Now's livestream. Please stand by while they try to resolve this. On the other hand, the KSC Newsroom livestream is doing fine.
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