The Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) team at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida is continuing construction and testing to get ready to support upcoming Exploration Mission launches. Testing at the Launch Equipment Test Facility (LETF) is in full swing delivering launch vehicle umbilicals and swing arms to the Mobile Launcher (ML).
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Construction and outfitting of systems on the ML are pointing towards multi-element verification and validation (V&V) testing next year, a major milestone that will confirm the GSE (Ground Support Equipment) is ready to receive the first SLS rocket.
A major test site for these preparations is the LETF, located in the KSC Industrial Area.
Most of the hardware that connects the SLS launch vehicles and Orion spacecraft to the Mobile Launcher is going through testing there to gather release loads data and verify the functionality of the umbilical connections and the swing arms.
“Over the past nine to ten months we’ve significantly grown the team and have really been producing most of these umbilicals,” Jeremy Parsons, GSDO Senior Project Manager for the LETF said in an interview with NASASpaceflight.com.
“Where we’re at now is where pretty much at the apex of ...