More photos from the processing of the @NASA_SLS core stage for @NASAArtemis I in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building at @NASAKennedy ahead of integrating the rocket stage with the solid rocket boosters, @NASA_Orion, and additional flight hardware.
Picture this: the massive @NASA_SLS core stage placed in between these two solid rocket boosters 🤯Final preparations are currently underway to lift, place and secure the core stage on the mobile launcher inside of the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building – stay tuned!
NASA Kennedy FollowKSC-20210609-PH-FMX01_0007 An overhead view shows the fully stacked twin solid rocket boosters for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on top of the mobile launcher inside High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 9, 2021. Teams with NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems and contractor Jacobs are making final preparations to integrate the boosters with the SLS core stage, which arrived at Kennedy in April 2020. Manufactured by Northrop Grumman in Utah, the twin boosters provide more than 75 percent of the total SLS thrust at launch. When integrated, the 212-foot, 188,000-pound core stage and twin boosters will provide more than 8.8 million pounds of thrust to launch Artemis I. The first in an increasingly complex series of missions, Artemis I will test SLS and the Orion spacecraft as an integrated system ahead of crewed flights in which NASA will land the first woman and person of color on the Moon. Photo credit: NASA/Frank Michaux
Coming Soon ➡️ @NASA_SLS Core StageTeams are continuing final preparations to lift, place & secure the Space Launch System core stage on the mobile launcher. When integrated, the core stage & twin boosters will provide more than 8.8 million lbs of thrust to launch #Artemis I.
#WenLiftThere's been a slight delay in the flow to stacking, but only by days. In SLS's timeline, that's hardly a tickle per the overall schedule.
This was supposed to happen Saturday?
Last Sunday, per the latest schedule we saw.
#Artemis I @NASA_SLS rocket core stage lift operations photos in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building at @NASAKennedy.