NASA replaces leaking fuel seals on the Artemis I SLS rocket ahead of its scheduled launch on September 23.

NASA replaces leaking fuel seals on the Artemis I SLS rocket ahead of its scheduled launch on September 23.

NASA canceled its second planned Artemis I SLS-Orion spacecraft launch earlier this month due to a fuel line leak.

NASA recently announced that it has completed critical repairs to its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Last week, engineers replaced the SLS’s leaking fuel seals. One of the SLS’s fuel lines began leaking earlier this month, forcing the space agency to postpone the launch of the Artemis I SLS-Orion spacecraft. NASA also intends to conduct a fueling test to ensure that the replaced seal is functioning properly. The American space agency has announced that it will attempt to launch its Artemis I Moon rocket into space again on September 23.

NASA announced in a blog post on Friday that the seals associated with the hydrogen leak on its Artemis I SLS rocket had been successfully replaced. As previously stated, the leak forced the agency to cancel its second Moon rocket launch attempt on September 3.

Engineers removed and replaced the 8-inch line used to fill and drain liquid hydrogen from the core stage, as well as the 4-inch bleed line used to redirect some of the propellants during tanking operations, according to the US space agency.

According to NASA, the umbilical plates were reconnected and technicians performed inspections over the weekend, while a tanking demonstration is planned for as early as September 17.

NASA recently announced a new attempt to launch Artemis I into space on September 23. NASA is said to have a 120-minute launch window on September 23 with an October 18 landing, and a 70-minute launch window on September 27 with an October 5 landing. NASA teams are also internally preparing to support additional dates in the event that flexibility is required.

NASA has also instructed the Artemis team to proceed with the necessary testing and launch preparations. Preparations will include ensuring adequate supplies of propellants and gases used in tanking operations, as well as flight operations planning for the mission.

NASA replaces leaking fuel seals on the Artemis I SLS rocket ahead of its scheduled launch on September 23.
NASA canceled its second planned Artemis I SLS-Orion spacecraft launch earlier this month due to a fuel line leak.

 

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