NASA has expressed worry that problems with SpaceX’s Starship could cause first Artemis 3 mission, that would put people on the Moon at its first attempt since 1972, to be postponed.
Should the SpaceX Starship launch systems is not prepared in time, the Artemis 3 mission may wind up being postponed. The mission was originally scheduled to launch in December 2025, but NASA is worried that the huge amount of work needed to finish the launch system may cause a delay.
On Wednesday, June 7, the Aeronautics and Space Engineer Board & the Space Studies Board of the US National Academies met jointly. Jim Free, NASA’s assistant administrator for exploratory systems development, voiced his concerns during the discussion.
SpaceX has been chosen by NASA in 2021 to build the very first commercial manned lander that will take astronauts to the moon’s surface. After the launch of the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, the Artemis 3 mission would have been the very first attempt to send astronauts to the Moon.
The Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will launch the Orion spacecraft, carrying the mission’s four men, on their multi-day trek to the lunar orbit. The unmanned Artemis 1 mission served as a test for both Orion and SLS, and the crewed Artemis 2 mission, which might launch as early as 2024, will serve as a crewed test.
However, for the Artemis 3 mission, two of the astronauts will switch to a SpaceX human landing system (HLS) for the trip to the Moon’s surface. The plans state that they will then travel back to orbit after spending a week investigating the lunar surface. They will then go back to Orion, where their coworkers are going to be awaiting a flight home.
Free, though, is concerned about the quantity of Starship launches required for SpaceX to be prepared for the Artemis 3 mission. Each lander mission will involve the launch of the Starship landing in addition to numerous additional Starships to supply the lander with fuel before it departs from Earth orbit.
In its most recent integrated flight test, SpaceX’s Starship rocket made headlines. This integrated Starship spacecraft & Super Heavy rocket system are referred to as Starship together.With the capacity to deliver a weight of payload of a maximum of 150 metric tons in fully-reusable mode and as much as to 250 metric tonnes in “expendable mode,” it may be the most potent launch system ever created when testing and development are complete. 33 Raptor engines running on a “methalox” mixture of cryo liquid methane and liquid oxygen will power the Super Heavy rocket.