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NASA says it hopes to aim one other launch of the unmanned Artemis I moon mission later this month.
Throughout a press conference on Thursday, area company officers mentioned they had been eyeing Sept. 23 or Sept. 27 as attainable dates.
The announcement got here shortly after NASA scrubbed a deliberate launch over the weekend due to a recurring liquid hydrogen gas leak.
The company nonetheless must get a waiver for its battery retesting requirement from the U.S. House Drive, which controls the vary the place Artemis will take off from.
“Definitely in the event that they resolve that isn’t the best factor to do, we clearly will assist that and stand down and search for our subsequent launch try,” mentioned Jim Free, affiliate administrator of NASA’s Exploration Methods Growth Mission Directorate.
In the meantime, NASA engineers proceed to restore the connection on the rocket the place the liquid hydrogen leak was detected. Officers mentioned they might conduct a tanking take a look at to make sure the repairs had been profitable earlier than any future launch.
“The crew is making nice progress. Morale is sweet. We’re nonetheless excited for this chance that we have,” mentioned Mike Bolger, supervisor of NASA’s Exploration Floor Methods Program.
Saturday’s cancelled launch was the second inside every week. The primary try to launch the rocket on Aug. 29 was additionally scuttled, because of what turned out to be a defective sensor.
Artemis I is deliberate as an uncrewed flight take a look at across the moon.