Following verification and validation (V&V) testing in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Program is set to roll Mobile Launcher-1 (ML-1) from High Bay 3 of the VAB out to Launch Pad 39B for a Summer of testing in preparation for the Artemis 1 launch.
Installation and checkout of systems on the mobile umbilical tower and launch platform is nearing completion and the tests at Pad 39B will verify that they are ready to support their first pad flow with NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft.
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The scheduled three-month long stay at the pad includes demonstration tests of countdown activities in and around launch day including propellant loading, sound suppression water system flows, and vehicle servicing.
The next planned trip to the launch pad for the Mobile Launcher (ML) would be with the Artemis 1 vehicle for a full launch dress rehearsal. In addition to validating that the ML and the Pad systems work together as required, EGS will practice running through other countdown timelines, such as securing the ML and the pad ...