Marshall Space Flight Center director provides update on Artemis I mission

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall Space Flight Center director Jody Singer spoke to the Rotary Club of Decatur. She updated the group on the progress of the Space Launch System, the upcoming uncrewed Artemis mission, and Alabama’s role in the project.

News 19 spoke with Singer at the event on Monday. Singer said NASA has a busy week ahead. On Thursday, crews at Kennedy Space Center in Florida will begin deploying the Space Launch System to the launch pad. They will perform a test known as a “wet dress”.

The test ensures that all parts of the spacecraft are in good working order, before a subsequent launch.

Singer explained, “We’re literally going to do a countdown, where we’re going to make sure the systems are talking, the whole vehicle, the Orion capsule and the space launch system are talking. So when we’re ready to push the button and go, we’ll go.

Although the test takes place in Florida, it would not be possible without parts made right here in Alabama.

“One of our companies in Decatur is ULA,” Singer said. “ULA is responsible for what we call the interim cryogenic propulsion stage, and that’s what gives us the extra boost and (go) into space.”

Singer added that it was great to see northern Alabama having such a huge impact on space exploration.

“Knowing that Huntsville, Rocket City and River City are part of it, you know, from takeoff, to landing, to safe return to earth, this area is critical for that to happen,” she said. declared.

The data collected during the test will help NASA find and resolve any potential issues, and set a launch date. Tentatively, NASA is considering a late May or early June launch date.


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