NASA SLS core/booster mate sets the stage for Artemis 1 pre-launch checkout
Source: NASA Spaceflight
Date Published: 06/15/2021
The integrated operations team of NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) and prime launch processing contractor Jacobs completed mating the SLS Core Stage for Artemis 1 with its boosters on June 13, another in a series of firsts that will culminate in the debut flight of NASA’s new launch vehicle, currently projected for no earlier than late-2021. After the stage was raised off its transportation carrier and rotated vertical, the backbone of the launch vehicle was lifted up into High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and bolted to its two Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB).