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Saturday, September 27, 2014

KSC Update: Making Progress on Modifying SLS' Launch Pad...

An artist's concept of NASA's Space Launch System soaring towards the heavens.
NASA

With the Space Launch System (SLS) on the verge of beginning construction now that its prime welding tool at the Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana is complete, progress is also being made on the Mobile Launcher (ML) from which SLS will soar from as it sends astronauts to deep space. Once destined to send the now-cancelled Ares rockets beyond Earth orbit in NASA's defunct Constellation program, the ML is being redesigned and reinforced to handle the massive weight of the SLS once it becomes operational as soon as late 2017. Exploration Mission 1, SLS' first flight, is scheduled to launch no earlier than December of 2017 and no later than November of 2018...so engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida still have plenty of time to complete the ML. Can't wait to return to KSC one day to see this new launcher in person.

The Sun rises as modification work is about to continue on the Mobile Launcher at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on September 22, 2014.
NASA / Daniel Casper

Modification work continues on the Mobile Launcher at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on September 22, 2014.
NASA / Daniel Casper

Modification work continues on the Mobile Launcher at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on September 22, 2014.
NASA / Daniel Casper

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