NASA points out that there was “success” in the last test of the SLS rocket: Artemis 1 is close

The SLS could be launched between August and September with the Ortion capsule into orbit of the Moon .


NASA has completed the testing campaign for its SLS lunar megarocket , with the general rehearsal carried out on June 20, and will now begin preparations for the launch.

Analyzed the test data, the agency will take the SLS (Space Launch System) and the Orion capsule that crowns it back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center next week, to prepare the rocket and the spaceship for launch.

Success despite problems

NASA plans to return the rocket and capsule to the launch pad in late August and will set a specific target launch date after replacing hardware associated with a liquid hydrogen leak detected in the June 20 rehearsal. In that test, all systems were tested to -29 seconds in the launch countdown .

Engineers reviewed the few commands that would have been included in the countdown’s remaining seconds before the engine start sequence and determined that “those activities had been previously validated in other recent tests,” NASA reports .

Artemis I will be the first integrated test of NASA ‘s deep space exploration systems : the Orion spacecraft, the SLS rocket, and supporting ground systems. As the first in a series of increasingly complex unmanned round-trip missions to cislunar space, Artemis I “will pave the way for long-term exploration on the Moon in preparation for human missions to Mars. ” “, says the agency.