The rocket was to make its maiden flight from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida
Problem in launch due to fault in engine number three
It is likely to be relaunched on 2nd September
Washington, A hydrogen leak and a crack in the rocket forced NASA to postpone the scheduled launch of its Artemis moon rocket on Monday. Known as the Space Launch System (SLS), the rocket was scheduled to make its maiden flight on August 29 from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The news of the no-fly-off came after technicians began repeatedly turning the rocket’s refueling process on and off, suggesting that the rocket had some technical fault. The flight, which was earlier delayed by an hour for refueling, was delayed by just two hours due to power requirements, according to AFP news agency. After that two leakages were found and the delay kept increasing.
After the leak, the US space agency NASA tweeted that the scheduled launch of the rocket has been postponed. NASA said engineers are evaluating data collected during the Artemis I launch attempt. According to the space agency, the rocket’s engines could not be brought to the proper temperature required by the two-hour time frame to begin liftoff. According to scientists, there is a problem in the launch due to a fault in engine number three.
Will try again on Friday
NASA said that no specific date has been chosen for the launch yet, but it is likely to reschedule the launch to September 2. If there is no information about the launch on 2nd September, then it has been put on standby on 6th September.
NASA will send astronauts to the moon for a long time
After testing this rocket, NASA will once again land astronauts on the moon in the 2030s. NASA has said that it will soon land the first female astronaut on the moon. In this mission of NASA, more than ten countries of Europe are involved which are working on different topics of rocket. At 100 meters tall, the SLS produces 15 percent more thrust than Apollo’s Saturn V rocket. This additional thrust would not only help send astronauts away from Earth, but in addition, more equipment and cargo crew would be able to stay away from Earth for longer.
First Published: 30 August 2022, 09:22 IST