Orion teams ready for Artemis 1 as pre-launch preparations head into the home stretch

With the Artemis 1 mission just weeks away from launch, teams at NASA and the program’s contractors are carrying out final preparations for this major milestone in the effort to return humans to the Moon. NASASpaceflight sat down with Mike Hawes, the Vice President and Program Manager for Orion at Lockheed Martin to discuss how the company was preparing its spacecraft for this mission. Artemis 1 is the first flight of Orion aboard NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS).  It is currently scheduled to launch no earlier than August 29 from Launch Complex 39B (LC-39B) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In the event of a delay, NASA also announced two backup launch opportunities in September. Results from the Wet Dress Rehearsal On June 20, NASA and contractors held a fourth Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR) for the Artemis mission, which was deemed successful by the agency. During the event, the countdown got down to T-29 seconds. This came after three other unsatisfactory WDR attempts that were conducted on the SLS launch vehicle and Orion stack out at LC-39B. SLS Artemis I WDR #4 cutoff at T-29 seconds. Plan was to get to T-9 seconds. A very good attempt all the…

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Orion teams ready for Artemis 1 as pre-launch preparations head into the home stretch

Updated: July 27, 2022 — 10:27 pm