The goal of the Artemis mission is to “establish a permanent presence on the moon”

This Monday the POT aborted due to technical problems the launch of the Artemis I mission which was scheduled for 8:33 from Cape Canaveral, Florida (USA). Specifically, one of the engines of the SLS rocket It was not getting cold, so the takeoff has been delayed until September 2 and, if it fails, it will be on September 5.

Artemis I was “a great test flight whose main objective is test all those systems that will make that in the second mission we can bring astronauts on board“, he explains from Cape Canaveral, Fernando Gomez-Carpenterelectronic engineer responsible for the Spanish part of the NASA mission.

Technology designed by Spain

Despite being postponed, “the expectation and the emotion of all the teams is even greater”, says Gómez-Carpintero while explaining that the technology designed by Spain is crucial in this project.

Spain has contributed to the service module manufactured in Europe some “some thermal control units” which serves to ensure the temperature inside “and supply air and water”.

The goal is to establish a permanent presence on the moon

Gómez-Carpintero insists that the main thing is that the Artemis I mission “success” and, therefore, the decision was made to abort the mission.

The objective is not only to set foot on the moon, which was already the objective of the Apollo mission, but to “establish a permanent presence that allows us to living outside the comfort that the Earth offers us and that this learning serves as a platform to be able to go to Mars one day”, he says.

Public-private collaboration in scientific advances

Whenever we speak of a research program, it is worth mentioning the public-private collaboration. In recent years, the participation of the Elon Musk’s space company ‘SpaceX’.

“We are seeing a paradigm shift“, assures Fernando Gómez-Carpintero in relation to the increase in collaborations of private businesseswhich think of “a commercial exploitation of space”.

For the moment, this public-private collaboration has “a positive impact” for the industry, which is what is important.

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