The processing teams within NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Program are focusing their plans for how they’ll put together the first integrated Orion and Space Launch System (SLS) vehicle to launch Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1). After the spacecraft and launch vehicle components have individually completed all of their first-time and acceptance testing, they will be transported to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and turned over to EGS to be assembled, checked out together, and launched.
Each of the components have their own paths through ground processing at KSC before they all converge in the Vehicle Assembly Building at Launch Complex 39.
EGS provided an overview of some of the preparations for stacking, how the pieces fit together, and all extra testing they’ll do before they get to the countdown for their first launch.
Two teams: Spacecraft and Offline Operations, Integrated Operations
Orion and SLS hardware components are still largely in assembly and testing by their contractors at different locations across the United States. There are two teams within Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) based at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida that will be processing the flight hardware to launch EM-1 once it turned over to them from the contractors.