CENTER, FL – The Mobile Launcher (ML) which
will be used to transport NASA’s mammoth Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket out
to the launch pad, has begun its return trip from Launch Complex 39B – departing
today, Sept. 7 for the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space
Center in Florida.
The 380 foot tall
ML rolled off and left pad 39B around noon Friday and reached the outskirts of
the VAB by late afternoon.
crawler-transporter 2 (CT-2) is positioned beneath the ML and used to slowly move
it between the pad and the VAB.
out our exclusive Space UpClose photos from today’s move.
plans to move the ML/CT-2 stack inside the VAB Saturday morning, Sept. 8.
for our detailed story to follow.
ML trekked out to pad 39B on August 31 for the first time in several years.
was a test run by the Ground systems and launch teams to check out and
calibrate systems ahead of its first use with an actual SLS rocket standing
several umbilicals that will provide power, environmental control, pneumatics,
communication and electrical connections to NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS)
and Orion spacecraft, according to NASA officials.
ground systems necessary to launch SLS and the Orion deep space crew capsule on
Mission-1 by 2020, and human journeys missions to the Moon and on to
Mars thereafter starting with Exploration Mission-2 about 2 years later.
39B was previously used to launch NASA’s Apollo/Saturn V Moon rockets and Space
Shuttles since the 1960s.
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