Astronauts participating in the Ortemis mission are preparing for the longest flight in history aboard the Orion spacecraft in 2024. The assembly phase of the rocket is nearing its end.
SLS rocket during assembly. (Video: ASA).
In the video shared by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the rocket’s core stage Space Launch System (SLS) used for the Artemis 2 mission is being built at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Center in New Orleans. The five parts of the 65m long rocket body are connected, and the engine block appears to be the last part. In the video, engineers can be seen working to align and bolt the bottom of the SLS to the entire floor, Space On April 24, this was reported.
The moving carriage is used to slowly push large components into place and then secure them together using a total of 360 pins. Next, the technician will position the assembled core to install the 4 RS-25 motors of the vehicle. Once complete, the SLS core will be transported across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida. There the full launcher will take shape.
The five sections of the 65m long rocket body are assembled and the engine block appears to be the final piece.
The five parts of the 65m long rocket body are connected, and the engine block appears to be the last part.
Inside Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the ground crew will mount a solid-fuel rocket booster and pair the middle stage with the rocket’s second stage, called Cold fuel propulsion stage (ICPS), with the Orion cabin and the service module.
If all goes as planned, NASA will launch the Artemis mission in November 2024. The mission will carry four astronauts for a test flight around the Moon before returning to Earth to test and evaluate numerous systems and processes on board Orion. The data collected during the flight will inform other missions of the Artemis program. The Artmis crew will include three NASA astronauts, Commander Reid Wiseman, Pilot Victor Glover and Mission Specialist Christina Koch, as well as Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen.
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Astronauts on the Artemis mission prepare for the longest flight in history aboard the Orion spacecraft in 2024.