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Artemis I Wet Dress Rehearsal Now Scheduled to Begin April 12

Accepted submission by hubie at 2022-04-11 02:03:56 from the if at first you don't succeed ... dept.
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NASA has been preparing for a wet dress rehearsal [nasa.gov] for the Artemis I rocket, but have hit several issues causing delays, the most recent being a faulty helium gas check valve. They have now announced [nasa.gov] that a modified wet dress rehearsal will start with a call to stations on April 12. This rehearsal proceeds through as an actual launch activity that scrubs at the T-10 second point. The modified test will focus on filling the core stage with cryogenic propellant, but with minimal propellant operations on the interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS) [nasa.gov]. Following the test, the rocket will be returned to the Vehicle Assembly Building to replace the helium check valve as well as to assess the launch procedures.

NASA is streaming live video of the rocket and spacecraft on the Kennedy Newsroom YouTube channel [youtube.com].


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