NASA’s Orion, Space Launch System (SLS), and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) programs are continuing work on one of the most complex and sophisticated space systems ever built. Across America and in Europe, teams are developing and building the spacecraft, rocket, and infrastructure necessary to send humans to deep space destinations including the surface of the Moon and beyond.
Some major recent milestones include: Orion – Crew Module Uprighting System Test at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina; European Service Module Solar Array Expanded; Fit Check in the Super Guppy Aircraft; Ascent Abort-2 Launch Abort System Stacking and Integration at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida; Launch Abort System Attitude Control Motor Test in Elkton, Maryland. SLS – Liquid Oxygen Tank and Forward Skirt join at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Liquid Hydrogen Tank Structural Test Article Unload from Pegasus Barge at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama; RS-25 Engine Testing at Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; Core Stage-1 Engine Section and Boat Tail Completed and Mated at Michoud. EGS – at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center: Core Stage Intertank Umbilical Swing Testing; Launch Pad 39B Upgrades; Crawler Engine Maintenance.
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