NASA wants to try another launch of the SLS rocket which

NASA wants to try another launch of the SLS rocket which


Between September 23-27, NASA officials said they want to try a third launch of the SLS rocket, and that depends on two conditions being met. If it cannot be launched in the last decade of September, a new interval would be in the second part of October.

Thus, the SLS Rocket, which is on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, was not taken to the hangar, and the sealing components that led to a hydrogen leak during fueling on the September 3 launch attempt were replaced.

In this regard, NASA would like to try to launch in September, and there would be two time “windows”:

– September 23, between 6.47 and 8.47

– September 27, between 11.37 and 12.47

The launch is dependent on the results of tests that should take place as early as September 17, tests to verify that the repairs made now have been effective for the fuel supply. In addition, the causes of the large-scale leak of September 3rd, a hydrogen leak that could not be stopped despite efforts for several hours, must be determined precisely.

The second condition is related to the pyrotechnic self-destruction system that is activated in case after launch the missile would risk ending up endangering people on the ground.

For this system to work, it has a set of batteries that are certified for 25 days, after which they must be recharged, and this can only be done in the hangar.

Therefore, an extension of the battery certification has already been obtained, from 20 to 25 days, but discussions are underway to grant another exemption, which would bring the interval to over 40 days. If the waiver is obtained, the rocket will be able to be launched without being taken to the hangar, and so a launch would be possible in September. The waiver should be obtained from the United States Space Force, part of the US Army.