Artemis I Flight Readiness Review Begins 

Managers from across NASA have gathered at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to start the Artemis I mission Flight Readiness Review (FRR). Over the next several hours, the FRR will focus on the preparedness of the Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft, ground systems at Kennedy, flight operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and space communications and navigations networks to support the flight, and the certification of flight readiness. 

After the conclusion of the FRR, NASA will hold a televised media briefing to discuss the outcome. Credentialed media may attend in-person and all media may call in to ask questions via phone. Contact the Kennedy newsroom no later than 4 p.m. EDT for connection details. 

Participants in the teleconference are: 

  • Janet Petro, director, Kennedy Space Center   
  • Jim Free, associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters  
  • Mike Sarafin, Artemis mission manager, NASA Headquarters  
  • Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, Artemis launch director, Exploration Ground Systems Program, Kennedy  
  • Howard Hu, Orion Program manager, Johnson   
  • Chris Cianciola, Space Launch System Program deputy manager, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center  

The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration and demonstrate our commitment and capability to return humans to the Moon, explore more of the lunar surface than ever before, and extend beyond.