NASA’s Mobile Launcher Moved to Launch Pad


The mobile launcher that’ll support NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) has moved from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 355-foot-tall ML, which took about two years to construct, is
being modified to support the heavy-lift rocket that will launch astronauts farther into space than ever before. SLS also will create high-quality jobs here at home, and provide the cornerstone for America’s future human space exploration efforts.

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  1. @jekader Having an erector system increases the amount of infrastructure needed at the pad. Also, since they do a lot of work and processing at the assembly buildings, not assembling the rocket horizontally means you don't need to worry about shear and bending stresses on the interstage – only compression stress. Plus, it's just the way we've always done it.

  2. @AgrivatedKillah define 'advanced propulsion'. In space, we do use some cold gas thrusters or electric propulsion systems, but they don't produce nearly enough thrust to be practical. The only thing that does a remotely better job is a nuclear thermal rocket, and we don't want to leave behind an exhaust of radioactive hydrogen, so that's a no.

  3. @djtowo No it wouldn't, the primary reason for starvation throughout the world isn't the lack of food but distribution of it. Most countries that suffer from large scale hunger problems are those that have either weak or corrupted governments, and also have problems due to their geography.

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