Teams are conducting the last integrated test before @NASA_SLS & @NASA_Orion roll out to Launch Pad 39B next week for the launch of the Artemis I flight test. This week, teams began the second part of the flight termination system (FTS) test.MORE: go.nasa.gov/3AmiC5T
Teams have completed the final flight termination system (FTS) test for Artemis I with @NASA_SLS and @NASA_Orion in the Vehicle Assembly Building at @NASAKennedy.We are ready. We are going. 🚀
#Artemis I's @NASA_SLS rocket is ready to roll! 🚀 Teams at @NASAKennedy finished the final testing and checkouts of the Moon rocket. They are targeting August 16 for rollout to Launch Pad 39B ahead of a targeted August 29 launch.Learn more HERE>> go.nasa.gov/3bXoOYC
Was wondering...why does Artemis only need 2 weeks on the pad prior to launch whereas Saturn 5 was on the pad approximately 2 to 3 months prior to launch? Thank you.
Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, @NASA's Artemis I Launch Director, has officially given the 'go' to proceed with roll to the pad. Tomorrow, teams will roll @NASA_SLS and @NASA_Orion to Launch Pad 39B where Charlie will oversee the launch on Aug. 29.
The investigators who built those satellites have more than the usual launch jitters: Half of them may not have enough power to begin their missions. Stuck within the rocket for more than a year because of launch delays, their batteries have drained to a level where some may be unable to boot up and unfurl their solar panels. “The longer we wait, the higher the risk,” says Ben Malphrus of Morehead State University, principal investigator for Lunar IceCube, one of the CubeSats with power concerns.<snip>BioSentinel, NEA Scout, and three other CubeSats were allowed to recharge their batteries during their long wait aboard the SLS. But five others were out of luck, including both LunaH Map and Lunar IceCube. Some could not be recharged without removing them from the rocket; in other cases NASA engineers feared the process might spark discharges that could harm the rest of the rocket. “We have to be very cognizant of the risk to the primary mission when we interface with these CubeSats,” says Jacob Bleacher, NASA’s chief exploration scientist.
All platforms in High Bay 3 have been retracted. SLS and Orion are ready for their roll to Launch Pad 39B for the launch of #Artemis I. The live stream from the NASA Kennedy newsroom is now available, here:
Rollout is now no earlier than 10 pm Eastern [02:00 UTC], per NASA.
First motion, and our first glimpse of SLS as it exits the VAB for the final time before launch!The NSF crew is live now and answering your questions about the #Artemis1 mission!👉 youtu.be/hBRt1MOEUys
The @NASA_SLS rocket and @NASA_Orion spacecraft have now cleared the Vehicle Assembly Building.Photos: NASA/Chad Siwik
The CAA is on the move, following the departure from the VAB.youtube.com/watch?v=hBRt1M…