NASA has successfully completed all the steps to fill an Artemis rocket with fuel. A pipe leak was detected during one of the stages, but the testing was allowed to continue after troubleshooting.
The previous attempt to fill the rocket with fuel was canceled due to a leak in the fuel supply. This prompted NASA to launch its first rocket in early September to collapse emotionally. To prevent problems again, Artemis’ refueling had to be tested, this time without launch.
The test was conducted via a Live broadcast and Articles On the NASA Artemis website. Also this time Leak happened in the coupler, but the technicians were able to step in and allow the refueling to continue after some time. By allowing the tubes to heat up and reconnect, leakage can be reduced and maintained within permissible values.
The test took approximately ten hours and began with the slow filling or “slow filling” of the main tank with liquid oxygen. Liquid hydrogen was refueled, but during that step, a coupling between the LH2 tubes and the rocket was found to be leaking. Once the clutch is recreated, NASA can continue to pressurize the fuel tanks and cool the rocket engines. This “quick fill” and “engine bleed” was followed by a refilling of the vaporized fuel. The final steps consisted of filling the tanks of the second stage of the rocket, which were also filled with LOX and LH2. Stress tests were also performed to see if the fuel systems could withstand launch conditions.
The tank test must verify that the missile can be safely filled with fuel before attempting a new launch. It was also tested whether the hydrogen tank could be safely brought to the same pressure as the tank during launch. NASA wants to launch Artemis within a week. The Artemis rocket’s first mission is unmanned flight, putting the Orion capsule into orbit around the Moon. Subsequent missions to land on the moon must work with astronauts.
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