The next American super-heavy launch vehicle for the lunar mission has arrived in Florida. The main stage of the rocket, called the Space Launch System (SLS), was delivered to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on a barge on Tuesday evening, April 27, 2021.
Work on the rocket has been carried out for a whole decade by the American Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA.
The main stage was delivered to the VAB vertical assembly building two days later – on April 29. According to NASA experts, this is a landmark event – for the first time all the components of the rocket were collected in one place.
Decorated with orange foam, the giant rocket will spend the next several weeks in the VAB passageway before joining the two solid rocket boosters already installed in High Bay 3.
In the summer, the new Orion spacecraft crew capsule will be installed on the SLS and prepared for a test flight around the moon without a crew later this year as part of the Artemis 1 mission (Artemis-1). After final assembly, the SLS and the Orion spacecraft will have an altitude of about 98 meters.Operations said that if all goes according to plan, the flight could take place as early as November 2021.