In a statement Tuesday, NASA said the spacecraft it will launch as part of its Artemis I lunar mission has passed critical certification tests, paving the way for the agency’s expected launch in 2024,media reported. Artemis I will be involved in the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Explorer Ground Systems project. Artemis I will soon have a second mission, named Artemis II.
Now, NASA is working toward its goal of returning humans to the moon by 2024, a process that includes NASA’s Orion program. Under this programme, the space agency recently certified its Artemis I spacecraft systems, assessing and confirming their suitability for flight and all related activities.
System Acceptance Review and Design Certification Reviews cover a wide range of issues, such as assessing the capabilities of spacecraft and related systems to fly into space, their suitability for landing on the moon and eventually returning to Earth in a safe and recyclable manner. According to NASA, every spacecraft system has been inspected, including analysis of test data, inspection reports, and so on.
NASA says this is the last official milestone test the spacecraft must pass before integrating with the SLS rocket system. The review and subsequent certification covered the complete development of the spacecraft, which was a key part of Artemis’ work.
In addition to certifying spacecraft, NASA certifies operating manuals, product quality and management systems, safety and reliability analysis, and more. Artemis I will be the first combined test flight of the SLS and Orion spacecraft.