Tuesday, February 7, 2012

SLS Mobile Launcher Passes Test


The mobile launcher as it climbs the LC-39B ramp on November 16. Image copyright © 2011 SpaceKSC.com.

NASA reports that the mobile launcher originally designed for Ares I passed recent tests prior to its planned conversion for Space Launch System.

The 355-foot-tall mobile launcher, or ML, behaved as expected during its move to Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in November 2011, an analysis of multiple sensors showed. The top of the tower swayed less than an inch each way ...

The tests showed that computer models used in designing the massive structure were correct. The actual results varied less than 5 percent of what was predicted.

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