In an announcement on Tuesday, NASA revealed that the spacecraft it will launch as part of its lunar mission Artemis I has passed major certification tests, paving the way for the agency’s hopeful launch in 2024. Artemis I will involve the Orion spacecraft as well such as Space Launch System (SLS) and Exploration Ground Systems. Artemis I will be followed shortly after by a second mission appropriately called Artemis II.
NASA is working hard towards the goal of returning humans to the Moon by 2024, a process that includes the space agency’s Orion Program. Under this program, the space agency recently certified its Artemis I spacecraft systems, assessing (and confirming) them as suitable for flight and all related activities.
The System Acceptance Review and Project Certification Review was extensive, assessing the spacecraft and related systems for their ability to fly into space, as well as their suitability for reaching the Moon and eventually returning home safely. and recoverable. Each spacecraft system has been examined, according to NASA, including analysis of test data, inspection reports and the like.
This is the formal final milestone the spacecraft must pass through before being integrated into the SLS rocket system, explains NASA. The subsequent review and certification covers the complete development of the spacecraft and is a key part of Artemis’ effort.
In addition to certifying the spacecraft, NASA says that this review has also certified related operations manuals, production quality and management systems, safety and reliability analyzes and more. Artemis I will represent the first integrated test flight involving the SLS and Orion spacecraft.