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Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« on: 10/30/2019 06:46 am »
The forward skirt for one of the Space Launch System’s (SLS) two solid boosters is inside the Booster Fabrication Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Oct. 16, 2019. Segments of the boosters are being inspected and prepared for Artemis I, the agency’s first uncrewed flight of Orion atop the SLS. The forward skirt houses booster avionics that communicate with the SLS avionics to monitor booster conditions and steer the booster exhaust nozzle.

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #1 on: 10/30/2019 06:47 am »
In this view from above inside the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, work is underway Aug. 21, 2019, to integrate segments of the launch abort system for the agency’s uncrewed flight test, Artemis I. During crewed launches of the Orion spacecraft atop the Space Launch System rocket, the LAS will protect the crew module and astronauts aboard to safety if an emergency occurs during launch. .

Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #2 on: 10/30/2019 03:15 pm »
AFAIK The loaded SRB segments remain at Promontory, Utah awaiting cross country rail transport to KSC.
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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #3 on: 11/15/2019 07:02 am »
The first Northrop Grumman aft exit cone to arrive for the Space Launch Systemâs solid rocket boosters is moved by crane inside the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility at NASAâs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 4, 2019. The aft exit cone was shipped from Promontory, Utah. It will be checked out and prepared for the Artemis I uncrewed test flight. The aft exit cones sit at the bottommost part of the twin boosters. They are attached to the aft skirts, which contain the booster separation motors. The exit cones help to protect the aft skirts during launch.

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #4 on: 11/27/2019 07:10 pm »
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Teams from NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems and Space Launch System (SLS) practice SLS booster stacking with pathfinders inside Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building on Nov. 19, 2019. Using overhead cranes and booster handling activities, the teams focused on procedures for mating a center segment onto a cylinder that simulated another segment. The exercise was performed around the clock, operating three shifts per day. SLS will launch the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024 through the Artemis program. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #5 on: 12/27/2019 07:40 am »
The shipping container has been removed from the second of two Northrop Grumman-manufactured aft exit cones to arrive for the Space Launch System’s solid rocket boosters inside the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec. 9, 2019. The right aft exit cone was shipped from Promontory, Utah. It will be checked out and prepared for the Artemis I uncrewed test flight. The aft exit cones sit at the bottommost part of the twin boosters. The cones help provide added thrust for the boosters, while protecting the aft skirts from the thermal environment during launch.

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #6 on: 06/17/2020 10:43 am »
June 16, 2020
RELEASE 20-064

Rocket Motors for First NASA Artemis Moon Mission Arrive at Spaceport

The rocket booster segments that will help power NASA’s first Artemis flight test mission around the Moon arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday for launch preparations.

All 10 segments for the inaugural flight of NASA’s first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft were shipped by train from Promontory, Utah. The 10-day, cross-country journey is an important milestone toward the first launch for NASA’s Artemis program.

“The arrival of the booster segments at Kennedy is just the beginning of the SLS rocket’s journey to the pad and onward to send the Orion spacecraft to the Moon,“ said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “Artemis I will pave the way toward landing the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon in 2024 and expanding human exploration to Mars.”

Each rocket booster has individual motor segments, located between the forward assemblies and aft skirts, making up the largest single component of the entire booster. The two SLS rocket boosters, four RS-25 engines, and core stage, produce a combined total of more than 8.8 million pounds of thrust power during launch.

“It’s an exciting time at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as we welcome Artemis flight hardware and continue working toward the Artemis I launch,” said Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana.

Each booster segment, weighing 180 tons, is filled with propellant and outfitted with key flight instrumentation. Due to their weight, Northrop Grumman, which is the booster lead contractor, transported the segments in specially outfitted railcars to make the 2,800-mile trip across eight states to Florida’s Space Coast.

“The fully assembled boosters for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket are the largest, most powerful solid propellant boosters ever built for flight,” said Bruce Tiller, manager of the SLS Boosters Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “These enormous rocket motors help provide the necessary launch power for the SLS deep space rocket.”

Now that the booster segments are at Kennedy, NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems team will prepare them for assembly and integration activities that start with offloading the segments. Teams will attach the aft segments to the aft skirts and offload and store the remaining segments from the railcars in preparation for stacking.

“It is good to see booster segments rolling into the Kennedy Space Center,” said Mike Bolger, program manager of Exploration Ground Systems. “The team can’t wait to get started working on the boosters that will send the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft on the first Artemis mission to the Moon.”

The solid rocket boosters are the first elements of the SLS rocket to be installed on the mobile launcher in preparation for launch. The aft booster assemblies will be lifted on to the mobile launcher, followed by the remaining booster segments, and then topped with the forward assembly.

Teams at Kennedy have been preparing for the arrival of the booster segments by assembling and testing the aft skirts and forward assemblies of the boosters, and practicing stacking procedures with booster pathfinders, or hardware replicas, earlier this year. NASA and Northrop Grumman completed casting in 2019 of all 10 of the motor segments for both the first and second Artemis lunar missions, and are now working on the boosters for the Artemis III mission, which will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024.

With the arrival of the boosters, the only remaining pieces of hardware for the Artemis I flight test to be delivered to Kennedy are the launch vehicle stage adapter, which connects the rocket to the Orion spacecraft and will arrive this summer, and the SLS core stage, which will be transported to Kennedy by barge after the Green Run hot fire test later this year at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Through the Artemis program, NASA will return astronauts to the Moon’s surface in four years. SLS, along with NASA’s Orion spacecraft, the Human Landing System and the Gateway in orbit around the Moon, will serve as NASA’s backbone for deep space exploration. SLS is the only rocket that can send Orion, astronauts, and supplies to the Moon on a single mission. We’ll explore more of the lunar surface than ever before, and collaborate with our commercial and international partners to establish sustainable exploration by the end of the decade. Then, we will use what we learn on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.

For more on NASA’s SLS, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/sls

For more on NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/ground/

For a digital press kit with booster video and imagery, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/media/sls-booster-segments-arrive-at-ksc.html

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #7 on: 06/17/2020 02:20 pm »
Some more KSC photos

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #8 on: 06/17/2020 02:22 pm »
And some more Artemis-1 SRB images
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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #9 on: 06/17/2020 02:23 pm »

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #10 on: 06/19/2020 06:20 pm »
The round up from Philip Sloss via interviews with Kennedy EGS and Northrop Grumman.

https://twitter.com/ChrisG_NSF/status/1274042828373536769

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #11 on: 06/27/2020 12:25 pm »

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« Reply #13 on: 06/27/2020 12:29 pm »

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #14 on: 06/27/2020 12:47 pm »

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #15 on: 07/02/2020 07:49 am »
Inside the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the first of many pins that will secure the right-hand motor segment – one of five segments that make up one of two solid rocket boosters for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) – to the rocket’s right-hand aft skirt is inserted on June 24, 2020. Once the aft segments are mated to the two aft skirts, they will be moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building for stacking on the mobile launcher. Manufactured by Northrop Grumman in Utah, the twin boosters provide more than 75 percent of the total SLS thrust at launch. Under the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024. The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I will test the Orion spacecraft and SLS as an integrated system ahead of crewed flights to the Moon.

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #16 on: 07/02/2020 07:59 pm »
Philip Sloss with an epic write-up of SRB processing at KSC for Artemis 1 from an interview with EGS.


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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #17 on: 07/10/2020 07:00 am »
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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #18 on: 07/17/2020 03:21 pm »
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The SLS launch vehicle stage adapter for #Artemis I is making its way to @NASA’s Pegasus barge for delivery to Kennedy. Stay tuned for more updates! MORE on the LVSA >>

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Re: Artemis-1 KSC processing updates
« Reply #19 on: 07/18/2020 04:52 am »
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