Orion Spacecraft, SLS Rocket Platform D North Arrives At Kennedy Space Center

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Platform D is 7 of 10 sets to arrive

ABOVE VIDEO: Although brief, the above video shows the testing of the first new work platforms for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). The test were conducted on May 9 in the Vehicle Assembly Building High Bay 3 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  (NASA Video)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – The second half of the D-level work platforms for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), D North, arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center on June 27.

The D work platforms are the seventh set of new platforms to arrive at Kennedy. A total of 10 levels of work platforms will surround the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and provide access for processing.

Second half of the D-level work platforms

Second half of the D-level work platforms

The platform was transported from Sauer Corp. in Orlando, Florida, by Tillett Heavy Haul of Titusville, Florida.

Sauer is a subcontractor to VAB general contractor Hensel Phelps. Tillett Heavy Haul is a subcontractor to Sauer. The platform was placed on a stand in a staging area near the VAB, where some final assembly will be performed before it is transferred into the building.

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The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program is overseeing upgrades and modifications to the VAB, including installation of the new platforms, to prepare for Exploration Mission 1, deep-space missions and the journey to Mars.

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