NASA Sets New Launch Date For SLS Artemis I Rocket Launch

Artemis Space Launch System

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida – NASA is targeting the next launch attempt of the Artemis I mission for Monday, November 14, 2022, with liftoff of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft planned during a 69-minute launch window that opens at 12:07 a.m. EST.

Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test to launch SLS and send Orion around the Moon and back to Earth to thoroughly test its system before flights with astronauts.

According to NASA, inspections and analyses over the previous week have confirmed minimal work is required to prepare the rocket and spacecraft to roll out to Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida following the roll-back due to Hurricane Ian.

NASA plans to roll the rocket back to the launch pad as early as Friday, Nov. 4.

NASA has requested backup launch opportunities for Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 1:04 a.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1:45 a.m., which are both two-hour launch windows.

A launch on Nov. 14 would result in a mission duration of about 25-and-a-half days with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean Friday, Dec. 9.