Posts Tagged ‘ML’

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Pad 39B in the final stages in preparation to welcome SLS Mobile Launcher


The final work on Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39B is being conducted in line with the construction and outfitting of systems on the Mobile Launcher (ML) for the…

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Preparing the Mobile Launcher to be armed and ready for SLS


The Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) team at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida is continuing construction and testing to get ready to support upcoming Exploration…

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SLS Upper Stage arrives at the Cape as the LETF tests its umbilicals


A major milestone in the build-up to the maiden launch of the Space Launch System has seen the arrival of the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) at Cape Canaveral….

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KSC evaluating the groundwork challenges for SLS Block 1B upgrades


NASA’s monster rocket will evolve into an even larger vehicle early in her lifetime, as the Block 1 rocket grows into the workhorse known as the Block 1B….

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SLS ML revamp after EM-1 included Europa mission considerations


With work continuing on a lengthy project to convert the Mobile Launcher (ML) for use with the Space Launch System (SLS), a NASA manager has spoken about the…

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SLS Tail Service Masts undergoing construction ahead of LETF testing


Engineers have begun the construction of two huge Tail Service Masts that will play a crucial role with the Space Launch System (SLS) on launch day. The TSMUs…

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KSC testing the VS – designed to dampen SLS swaying on a windy pad


Engineers at the Kennedy Space Center are set to test the Vehicle Stabilizer (VS) via a motion simulator at the Launch Equipment Test Facility (LETF). The VS will have…

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First SLS umbilical undergoing testing at the LETF


The Orion Service Module Umbilical (OSMU) has been installed on to the Launch Equipment Test Facility (LETF) at the Kennedy Space Center. The milestone marks the first umbilical to undergo…

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Super Crawler CT-2 test run marks 50th anniversary


NASA’s Crawler Transporter -2 (CT-2) is continuing to enjoy its first outing in over a year, as its roll to Pad 39B tests its latest modifications ahead of…

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KSC continuing its spaceport transition for the new era


It’s been over three years since the world famous Kennedy Space Center (KSC) last felt the rumble of a launch from within its grounds. However, the spaceport hasn’t fallen…

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Mobile Launcher major modifications to begin for SLS


The former Ares I Mobile Launcher (ML) will soon begin major modification work – pending the status of the government shutdown – ahead of its role with the Space…

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Pad 39B transition making good progress ahead of SLS debut


Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39B is fast returning to the status of an active launch pad, with new elevator towers now visible on the surface of the former…

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Mobile Launcher redesign plan for SLS nears completion


Teams at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) are expected to complete a redesign plan for the giant Mobile Launcher (ML) by the end of the month. Re-purposed for…

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All hail the Super Crawler – CT-2 put through its paces ahead of SLS


One of the unsung workhorses of the space program, the Crawler Transporter, is ready for its own transition back to exploration – with CT-2 testing out its array…

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Modifications planned for Atlas V SLC-41 Pad and SLS Mobile Launcher


United Launch Alliance (ULA) have recruited Hensel Phelps to design the modifications to their Atlas V pad at Space Launch Complete 41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral ahead of…

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NASA outlines SLS Mobile Launcher umbilical plans


Continuing toward a debut of late-2017, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is one step closer to that ultimate goal as the U.S. space agency continues to baseline…

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SLS aims to launch a week after rollout – ML rolls back to Park Site


The recently produced Concept of Operations (Con Ops) documentation has revealed the Space Launch System (SLS) will be ready to launch within a week of rollout, around a…

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Mobile Launcher trip to Pad 39B providing opening tests for SLS Con Ops


The Space Launch System (SLS) Mobile Launcher (ML) has completed its debut trip to Pad 39B, following a steady journey atop of the Crawler Transporter (CT). While a…

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SLS Mobile Launcher set for debut trip to Pad 39B in mid November


The Space Launch System (SLS) Mobile Launcher (ML) will make its debut Crawler Transporter (CT) trip to Pad 39B later this month. Several week’s worth of testing will…

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Both Crawler Transporters grounded – Crawlerway testing for HLV capability


The two veteran Crawler Transporters (CT) are currently grounded, as evaluations continue into a what is believed to have been a lightning strike on CT-2 – which was…