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(Forbes)   NASA sets early Wednesday morning EST as date of next failed Artemis launch   ( divider line
    More: Followup, NASA, launch of its landmark Artemis, Kennedy Space Center, late August, space agency NASA, planned launch of Artemis, Rocket, early September  
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2022-11-13 1:40:19 PM  
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Artemis, make Wickwick proud!
2022-11-13 3:00:07 PM  
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What factors determine the use-by dates for the SRBs? Chemical aging? Geometry changes? Mold? Handwavium radiation exposure?

Anyway, here are a few of my NARS-WAGs for failures, mostly due to the storm exposure:

SRB hold-down bolt pyro under/non-performance

Umbilical or stabilization arm retraction issues

Main engine thrust vectoring underperformance/failure

Foam insulation loss

2022-11-13 5:12:33 PM  
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Oneiros: natazha: I am a bit concerned about the solid rocket motors' joints. They were only certified until Dec. 2021.


Like the O rings?

I thought they changed the design so the expansion of lower elements helped to seal the joint rather than open it like the challenger disaster.

Or is there something else unstable about them?

I think the most unstable element at this point is the rocket manufacturer, Boeing. From the makers of the 777 jet failure, the 737 max, etc.

Boeing is a shell of their former self. I cannot see how this can end in success. I can't count the number of pushbacks or keep track of failure reasons at this point. A successful launch on the 14th would be less likely than winning Powerball, I expect.
2022-11-14 10:01:17 AM  
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The Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion capsule-already on the launch pad-experienced 100 mph winds, which is higher than the 85 mph the hardware is designed to cope with, said NASA.

But pre-hurricane, Fark Space Launch Experts assured us all that because the rocket goes more than 85 mph after liftoff, hurricane force winds were NBD!
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