The final work on Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39B is being conducted in line with the construction and outfitting of systems on the Mobile Launcher (ML) for the Space Launch System (SLS). This multi-element verification and validation (V&V) testing is set to take place next year, a full dress rehearsal ahead of the rollout of the Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) rocket.
In parallel with the work to outfit the Mobile Launcher, as outlined in an article earlier this week, construction efforts at Launch Pad 39B are also moving towards completion.
Work to refurbish the pad flame trench was recently completed, which allowed installation and build up to start for the flame deflector and sound suppression water piping that sit below the launch vehicle and platform.
“The sound suppression pipe that you saw go in, that is part of the flame trench flame deflector construction project,” Regina Spellman, GSDO Senior Project Manager for Launch Complex 39B explained in an interview with NASASpaceFlight.com.
“That pipe has to go in first because of its size and the flame deflector gets constructed around it. They started erecting the flame deflector last week and in just the short ten days or so [of construction] ...