. 24/7 Space News .
Axiom-1 targets Friday for ISS launch after NASA delays moon rocket test
by Amy Thompson
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 4, 2021

Axiom Space announced it would delay its first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station to no earlier than Friday, April 8.

If all goes as planned, a previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket will ferry four private citizens, strapped inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, to the space station. Liftoff is scheduled for 11:17 a.m. EDT.

The mission was scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, but a delay with another mission triggered Axiom and NASA officials to go ahead and plan for a Friday morning launch.

NASA's next big moon rocket, the Space Launch System, rolled out to Pad 39B in late March. The agency planned on testing launch day procedures, including fueling, to ensure all the systems were working properly.

That test, originally scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd, was delayed following inclement weather at the launch pad.

Surrounding the orange and white mega launcher is a set of lightning towers that are designed to take the brunt of any potential lighting strikes, preserving the health of the rocket.

Over the weekend, severe thunderstorms rolled into the area and struck the lightning towers surrounding the SLS rocket.

The rocket was unaffected, however, the team had issues with some of the ground equipment on the mobile launch platform the rocket sits atop, and were forced to push back testing until Monday.

Teams are currently working to chill down the core stage ahead of propellant loading. SLS is powered by 700,000 gallons of cryogenic liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen propellant.

Once the team is able to run through fueling procedures, they will detank the vehicle and pour over the data collected. Afterwards, the teams will use the findings to determine if there are issues that need to be addressed before flight.

A launch date is expected to be announced about a week after engineers have had the chance to analyze the data.

If all goes as planned today, that then opens the door for the Axiom-1 mission to fly this Friday.

Related Links
Rocket Science News at Space-Travel.Com

Thanks for being there;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5+ Billed Monthly

paypal only
SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal

SpaceX to test-fire rocket ahead of Axiom-1 private astronaut mission
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 1, 2021
SpaceX plans to test-fire a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday ahead of its first private astronaut mission, Axiom-1, to the International Space Station. The test, dubbed a static fire test, is a routine part of prelaunch procedures. All nine of the Falcon's Merlin 1D engines will briefly fire up as the rocket is held firmly to the launch pad. The ignition will enable engineers to ensure that the rocket's systems are ready to launch. If the test goes as planned, SpaceX will attempt to laun ... read more

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Blue Origin launches 4th crew to space

Sierra Space to revolutionize space exploration with Siemens' Xcelerator

Roscosmos to Brief Russian Government on Options for Ending ISS Cooperation Soon, Rogozin Says

Russian space agency suspends ISS cooperation over sanctions

Axiom-1 targets Friday for ISS launch after NASA delays moon rocket test

Rocket Lab launches 112th satellite to orbit

Successful launch shows new rocket factory's solid steps

NASA's next moon rocket set for wet dress rehearsal ahead of launch

Making Tracks to the Delta

NASA's Perseverance rover listens in the thin Martian atmosphere

Magma makes marsquakes rock Red Planet

First audio recorded on Mars reveals two speeds of sound

Tianzhou 2 re-enters Earth's atmosphere, mostly burns up

Shenzhou XIII astronauts prep for return

China's Tianzhou-2 cargo craft leaves space station core module

China's space station to support large-scale scientific research

Blue Canyon Technologies to supply spacecraft buses for HelioSwarm Mission

Kleos launches Patrol Mission satellites

Terran Orbital begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange

HawkEye 360 launches next-generation Cluster 4 satellites

Lockheed Martin releases open-source interface standard for on-orbit docking

Space debris found in rural India likely from 'China rocket'

Artificial modification of Earth's radiation belts by ground-based VLF transmitters

ATLANT 3D Nanosystems developing a space-certified Nanofabricator 0G

Prenatal protoplanet upends planet formation models

Kepler telescope delivers new planetary discovery from the grave

Hubble finds a planet forming in an unconventional way

Miniaturized laser systems to seek out traces of life in space

Juice's journey and Jupiter system tour

Pluto's giant ice volcanos may have formed from multiple eruption events

Chaos terrains on Europa could be shuttling oxygen to ocean

Searching for Planet Nine

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.