After moving to the launch pad (roll out, in English), the Airbus Pléiades Neo satellite received a series of satellite imagesSLS (space launch system) as well as belonging from only 30 centimeters and level raised. Pléiades Neo, developed by Airbus DS, is a of four satellites, two of which are currently . They were launched in April and August 2021.
This constellation has several remarkable features, including an image of the earth at a resolution of 30 centimeters per second.on a (sloping) surface 14 kilometers. A record for such image quality. This explains why in the same picture you can see the 39B launch pad, assembly building (car assembly building or VAB) and a 6.4 km road between them. You can also see crawler (tracked transporter) used to deliver the launcher from the VAB to the launch site.
Photographs show the first launch of NASA’s giant SLS rocket
Articlepublished on 03/18/2022
NASA published yesterday its Space launch system (SLS) from the hall in which it was assembled at the Kennedy Space Center in(Florida, USA). Powerful launcher that will take the next human missions to .
Yesterday, Thursday, March 17, 2022 at the end of the day – around 18:00 local time –(SLS) from NASA is a powerful launch vehicle whose mission is to deliver — finally left the hall of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA), in which it was assembled. Head to Launch Pad 39B, just over six kilometers away.
Six kilometers to the launch pad
Six kilometers is not that much. But for the 98.3-meter SLS launcher, mounted in a vertical position on its “crawler”this mythical tractor, invented within the framework ofand whose the point does not exceed 1.5 kilometers per hour, this is a real adventure.
Reflecting in the waterways of the Kennedy Space Center, a NASA Space Launch System rocket heads towards LC-39B, with nearby LC-39A visible in the background. pic.twitter.com/vmp16SV9AG
— John Kraus (@johnkrausphotos) March 18, 2022
Thus, it would take at least 11 hours of careful expedition to carry the SLS launcher and its more than 1300 tons – with only itsloaded gunpowder – on which can be launched from 6 June. This will be based on the results of the tests that he will take over the next two weeks.
It’s a great day! Powerful NASA SLS launcher will finally show itself tomorrow in full
Preparations for the first flight of the SLS, NASA’s lunar return launch vehicle, continue. Tomorrow he will be delivered to the launch pad with a car on board. But only for testing. Its launch around the moon could take place in June or July.
Articlepublished on 03/16/2022
The return of the Americans to the moon is being actively prepared. Delays inthe very powerful and very large SLS launcher is a bad memory today. All lights appear green despite the delay in the original schedule, which called for the first flight in 2017!
The launch vehicle with the Orion spacecraft on board for the Artemis-1 mission is currently in the assembly shop (car assembly building or VAB), the one that is used by spacecraft for their assembly and preparation. After final review, NASA authorized the installation of the launch vehicle at Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, located a few kilometers from VAB. The operation is scheduled for March 17 and will be broadcast live on Nasa.tv.
This transfer to the launch pad does not mean that the launch is close! Before the launch of Artemis 1, NASA planned several weeks of checks and tests, which would end with a complete repetition of the countdown, that is, the filling of the main stage inand liquid oxygen of four RS-25 engines, which, of course, will not take place.
Launch Date Uncertainty
This dress rehearsal is scheduled to begin April 3rd with the filling of the main floor tanks. If all goes well, NASA will consider launching in June or July. Early start option whenFilming, which will open on May 7 and close on May 21, is also under study.
Upon completion of this test and its analysis, NASA will be able to announce a launch date.