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Re: SLS Development Stage UPDATE Thread (2)
« Reply #820 on: 07/14/2017 11:25 PM »
SLS Test Hardware Taken to Redstone Arsenal Airfield for Guppy Loading

Published on Jul 14, 2017


A structural test article of the Orion Stage Adapter for NASA’s Space Launch System, built at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, is transported and prepared to be loaded onto NASA's Super Guppy aircraft. With integrated structural testing complete at Marshall, the stage adapter will soon be transported to Lockheed Martin in Denver for further testing with NASA's Orion spacecraft. The Guppy -- a plane large enough to carry cargo weighing more than 26 tons -- arrived at the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal Airfield July 10 to transport the stage adapter. On SLS's first integrated flight with Orion, the OSA will connect Orion to the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage.

Video courtesy of NASA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoZYc4y9vAc?t=001



« Last Edit: 07/26/2017 12:25 PM by Chris Bergin »
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Re: SLS Development Stage UPDATE Thread (2)
« Reply #822 on: 07/26/2017 12:25 PM »
ICPS for EM-1 arriving in the SSPF soon:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/07/sls-upper-stage-residency-former-home-iss-modules/

ULA's ICPS for SLS EM-1 is on a road trip this morning! Cape, via LC-39 complex and KSC’s Industrial Area, to the SSPF. The first integrated piece of SLS hardware to arrive at KSC.

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Re: SLS Development Stage UPDATE Thread (2)
« Reply #823 on: 07/26/2017 05:36 PM »
ICPS for EM-1 arriving in the SSPF soon:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/07/sls-upper-stage-residency-former-home-iss-modules/

ULA's ICPS for SLS EM-1 is on a road trip this morning! Cape, via LC-39 complex and KSC’s Industrial Area, to the SSPF. The first integrated piece of SLS hardware to arrive at KSC.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXBJwvkA9oY/

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BXA-CwigpFs/

respectively
« Last Edit: 07/26/2017 05:37 PM by Ronsmytheiii »

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Re: SLS Development Stage UPDATE Thread (2)
« Reply #824 on: 08/02/2017 10:19 PM »
Space Launch System Solid Rocket Boosters ‘on Target’ for First Flight

https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/space-launch-system-solid-rocket-boosters-on-target-for-first-flight.html

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Re: SLS Development Stage UPDATE Thread (2)
« Reply #825 on: 08/05/2017 06:05 PM »
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Service Platforms Arrive for Space Launch System Booster Engines
Posted on August 4, 2017 at 11:05 am by Linda Herridge.

New service platforms for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) booster engines arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The platforms were transported on two flatbed trucks from fabricator Met-Con Inc. in Cocoa, Florida. They were offloaded and stored inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB).

The platforms will be used for processing and checkout of the engines for the SLS’ twin five-segment solid rocket boosters for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1). The boosters, in combination with the rocket’s four RS-25 engines, will produce more than 8 million pounds of thrust at liftoff.

The first SLS mission, EM-1, will launch an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to a stable orbit beyond the Moon and bring it back to Earth for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The mission will demonstrate the integrated system performance of the rocket, Orion spacecraft and ground support teams prior to a crewed flight.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/kennedy/2017/08/04/service-platforms-arrive-for-space-launch-system-booster-engines/

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A flatbed truck carrying one of two new service platforms for NASA’s Space Launch System booster engines arrives at the Vehicle Assembly Building at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 31, 2017.
Photo credit: NASA/Bill White

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Re: SLS Development Stage UPDATE Thread (2)
« Reply #826 on: 08/05/2017 11:09 PM »
The above post is also covered in the following weekly NASA update at 34 seconds into the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4boOJo3H5HE?t=0034



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Re: SLS Development Stage UPDATE Thread (2)
« Reply #827 on: 08/10/2017 07:56 AM »
Tanks for the lift

NASA’s powerful Space Launch System rocket is a few steps closer to launching the Orion spacecraft now that its liquid propellant tanks are ready for testing.

Assembled by the world’s largest robotic rocket welder at NASA’s Michoud facility in New Orleans, USA, the liquid oxygen tank seen here is ready for qualification, while the remaining three tanks are being processed.

The tanks must prove they can do exactly what they were designed to do as well as pass structural testing. At NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, they will be strapped to the engines and fired to check their performance under launch conditions.

The liquid oxygen and hydrogen tanks hold over 2.6 million litres of propellant to power the rocket’s core stage that is comprised of four RS-25 engines and two solid rocket boosters.

Every bit of that thrust will be needed to propel the Orion spacecraft beyond low orbit to the Moon and beyond, for which ESA is contributing the European Service Module (ESM).

Once in orbit, the ESM will provide the spacecraft with electricity, water, oxygen and nitrogen as well as temperature control. A propulsion qualification module is being tested at the White Sands Test Facility in the US.

NASA’s uncrewed Exploration Mission-1 will be launched from the historic pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, sending Orion some 70 000 km beyond the Moon before it returns to Earth.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2017/08/Tanks_for_the_lift

Image credit: NASA Michoud–J. Guidry

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Re: SLS Development Stage UPDATE Thread (2)
« Reply #828 on: 08/10/2017 05:14 PM »
Media tour and briefing of the Launch Equipment Test Facility (LETF) and the SLS EM-1 Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS).  If you've got questions you'd like me to ask tomorrow, PM me before 9am EDT Friday.

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