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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #20 on: 03/19/2023 08:33 pm »
Found this update regarding the ML-2 mobile launch platform:
https://spaceflightnow.com/2022/12/09/repairs-and-upgrades-await-sls-mobile-launcher-before-crewed-lunar-mission/

Note that the headline of this piece refers to ML-1.  There's ML-2 stuff at the bottom, though.

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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #21 on: 04/30/2023 12:53 am »
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Sidus Space started 2023 with the announcement of a new contract from Bechtel Corporation to manufacture cables for the NASA Mobile Launcher 2 project. Sidus announced the contract award, Jan. 3. Mobile Launcher 2 (ML2) is the ground platform structure that will launch Space Launch System (SLS) Block 1B and Block 2 configurations to the Moon, allowing the agency to send astronauts and heavy cargo to the lunar surface as part of NASA’s Artemis program. ML2 is the primary interface between the ground launch control system and the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft flight hardware.

Sidus was previously awarded a contract to fabricate custom cables and populate unique electronics cabinets supporting the launch control subsystem and ground special power subsystems.

https://www.satellitetoday.com/government-military/2023/01/03/sidus-space-logs-a-subcontract-to-support-the-sls-mobile-launcher-2/ [From January 3, 2023]


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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #22 on: 05/11/2023 06:46 am »
Dovetails with what I've heard about the fabrication work spinning back up. Outside politics may have something to say about that if the upcoming appropriations process is going to be as much of a logjam as we should all expect it to be...

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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #26 on: 07/13/2023 03:26 pm »
twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1679500542245064705

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Wild, man. House budget legislation for 2024 provides $501 million for that year, alone, to fund development of the second mobile launch platform for the SLS rocket.

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP19/20230714/116251/BILLS-118--AP--CJS-FY24CJSSubcommitteeMark.pdf

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1679504459838136321

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The mobile launcher was originally supposed to cost $383 million. If this funding goes through it will push the money allocated to date above $1 billion, and construction has yet to really begin. Insane, really.

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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #27 on: 08/15/2023 08:51 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasagroundsys/status/1691542392040525825

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📹 Timelapse: Watch from the mobile launcher 2 parksite as teams from @Bechtel begin to set in place the first 'super assembly' onto the temporary mount mechanism. The Vehicle Assembly Building at @NASAKennedy, where the @NASA_SLS rocket will be assembled, can be seen in back.

Teams will assemble the first pair of 43 trusses and girders that make up the base of the mobile launcher 2, which will support future @NASAArtemis missions starting with #Artemis IV.

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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #28 on: 08/15/2023 09:42 pm »
twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1679500542245064705

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Wild, man. House budget legislation for 2024 provides $501 million for that year, alone, to fund development of the second mobile launch platform for the SLS rocket.

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP19/20230714/116251/BILLS-118--AP--CJS-FY24CJSSubcommitteeMark.pdf

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The mobile launcher was originally supposed to cost $383 million. If this funding goes through it will push the money allocated to date above $1 billion, and construction has yet to really begin. Insane, really.

It's also weird because Bechtel has a long history of bringing complex projects to completion close to on time and on budget, with some notable exceptions.
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« Last Edit: 08/16/2023 01:55 am by yg1968 »

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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #30 on: 09/05/2023 02:01 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1699048830719656095

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Checking in on NASA's huge Mobile Launchers for SLS, NSF's Nathan Barker (@NASA_Nerd) spoke with David Sumner, Senior Project Manager for NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS).

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2023/09/nasa-ml-1-artemis-ii-ml-2-construction/

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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #31 on: 09/12/2023 05:47 pm »
https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1701648719609794959

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Tug and barge have arrived at KSC to unload the second delivery of steel trusses for SLS Mobile Launcher 2 (ML-2).

ML-1 in the background at 39B for testing ahead of Artemis-2.

nsf.live/spacecoast

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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #32 on: 09/13/2023 03:46 pm »
https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1701648719609794959

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Tug and barge have arrived at KSC to unload the second delivery of steel trusses for SLS Mobile Launcher 2 (ML-2).

ML-1 in the background at 39B for testing ahead of Artemis-2.


nice that ML1 is in the backdrop. perfect timing for the shot!  ;D
« Last Edit: 09/13/2023 03:46 pm by cplchanb »

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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #33 on: 09/19/2023 02:18 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasaoig/status/1704133911062937617

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NASA’s Mobile Launcher-2 costs have rocketed over $1b—nearly three times the original contract estimate. Our team will examine what NASA is doing to contain future cost growth and schedule delays.

Catch up on our previous ML-2 work:

https://oig.nasa.gov/docs/IG-22-012.pdf

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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #34 on: 10/11/2023 08:05 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasagroundsys/status/1712197303199486435

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Back in June, teams received the first truss for the mobile launcher 2 and last month, they started assembling its base. But what happened between then?

In July, teams at @Bechtel blasted the steel and coated it in zinc inside one of the facilities at @NASAKennedy before using it for assembly. Coating the steel in zinc helps protect the material from rust and corrosion.

From here, teams will continue to assemble the mobile launcher 2 base in support of future Artemis missions, starting with #Artemis IV.

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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #35 on: 11/29/2023 12:44 pm »
https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1729839625349603480

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The next delivery of steel to construct the SLS Mobile Launcher 2 sailed through Port Canaveral before sunrise this morning - heading up to the KSC turn basic for unload.

This is delivery #3 by my count, and first from Louisiana.

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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #36 on: 12/19/2023 06:01 pm »
https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1737117913763746076

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Party never stops at the KSC turn basin! SpaceX hardware departed yesterday, SLS mobile launcher 2 steel arrives today.

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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #37 on: 01/03/2024 07:00 am »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1742208821009772548

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More steel for SLS Mobile Launcher 2 (ML-2) is arriving at the Turn Basin at KSC.
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Re: ML-2 Updates and Discussion
« Reply #38 on: 02/13/2024 04:33 pm »
https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1757457103906578920

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The next delivery of steel to construct ML-2 for future SLS missions arrived at Kennedy Space Center a short while ago. Many more to come...

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