Orion Spacecraft, SLS Rocket Platform D North Arrives At Kennedy Space Center
By NASA // June 29, 2016
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.
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.
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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