NASA Explains Why Test Delays Will Not Affect Artemis 1 Rocket Launch Mission2nd May 2022
On 3rd April, NASA was forced to postpone the Artemis 1 rocket launch fuelling test because of a problem with the ground equipment. Since then, NASA representatives have offered more details about the delay, explaining their safety concerns.
Why the Artemis 1 rocket launch fuelling test was delayed?
The delayed Artemis 1 rocket launch fuelling test was rescheduled for the next day because of the problem with the pressure system on a mobile launcher problem. The test was supposed to be the final one in the series of fuelling tech demonstrations. NASA nicknamed these tests a series of wet rehearsal and mentioned that the weather conditions, lightning strikes specifically, was the largest challenge. After the problem with the pressure system materialised, NASA technicians tried using a backup fan that also malfunctioned.
NASA officials comment on delaying the test
Blackwell-Thompson said that problems with the pressure system were not caused by the lightning strikes. Besides this minor setback in the schedule, the fan pressure failure that fuels the rocket seems to be the only problem with the ground launch platform. All previous Artemis tests have gone well, and further ones will continue as planned.
More importantly, NASA official statements assure that fuelling test delays will have no impact on the actual Artemis 1 rocket launch that should still happen later this year.