Wednesday, November 16, 2011

SLS Launch Tower Rolls Out Today


A transporter-crawler moves into position Tuesday to transport the mobile launch tower to LC-39B. Image source: NASA.

Florida Today reports that the former Ares mobile launch tower will roll out to Launch Complex 39-B today for testing.

A crawler-transporter carrying the 6.8-million pound mobile launcher is expected to start rolling to pad 39B by 8 a.m., leaving from the tower’s parking lot next to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

The sight of the tower — which tops out roughly 400 feet from the ground — rolling to the pad will be one not seen since the mid-1970s when a Saturn rocket last rolled out for launch with an umbilical tower.

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