NASA penned two global memoranda of agreement linked with the Artemis lunar program. The best report is that the Space Launch System rocket is ready for such missions after experiencing a delay due to changes enforced by the technical glitch that occurred. The scheduled tests for the Space Launch System (SLS) gigantic rocket will resume in November next year after the agency encountered problems with the ground equipment. NASA reported that testing would have happened if all the systems were active as planned. Nevertheless, NASA outlined that the rocket is in good shape, the only problem being with the ground equipment. 

The ground equipment recorded temperature problems that hindered the fuel from running down the tubings to reach the desired equipment on time. This technical hitch happened at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The agency and its contractor, Boeing, managed to resume the test as planned. The engineers loaded the SLS core stage with liquefied hydrogen and oxygen to activate the wet dress rehearsal tests engine. NASA posted on its website under the Artemis blog that the completion of this test and the wet dress rehearsal will create time for the engineers to evaluate the system’s readiness to proceed with the green run tests. In these tests, the quartet of engines ignites, simultaneously initiating the countdown before the Artemis 1 mission lifts off into the atmosphere. The agency explained that it would reveal the date for these hot-fire tests after finalizing the green run tests and recording the data. 

Currently, the SLS rocket undergoing tests should have been going through with the deployment through the Orion space vehicle. However, more tests are still ongoing before the system is shipped to Florida, assembled, and deployed. The engineers are working towards the deadline that has been linked to the crewed Artemis 2 lunar mission in the next three years. The agency hinted at sending people to the moon via the Artemis 3 mission in 2024. John Honeycutt, the SLS program manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, stated in the Artemis 1 virtual conference that the team has scarce time to develop and deliver the entire project within the allocated timeframe. He stated that this pressure on the engineers would force them to think fast and execute the commands and procedures before the reviewing team takes over. 

Finally, this mission’s success will improve the company’s reputation in the international market, considering that it is partnering with international agencies. Moreover, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency have penned contracts with NASA agreeing to their involvement in these missions.

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