Space Launch System: NASA’s giant launcher shows itself on its launch pad for the first time

After a slow and painstaking journey of more than 11 hours, the Space Launch System (SLS) of the NASAthe huge launcher for the lunar mission Artemis 1was positioned fully assembled on its launch pad from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. The 98-meter-tall rocket, capped by the Orion capsule, rises majestically towards the Florida sky.


Once this step has been taken, the SLS will have to wait many more weeks before taking off (hopefully). The teams on the ground will indeed get down to attaching the hydraulic systems to the launcher while the engineers will have to check the proper functioning of all the control instruments of the rocket. When this first checkpoint will be (really) ok, you will still have to move on to the phase of filling the tanks and then start the “wet dress rehersal”i.e. the sequence of full-scale tests of all the procedures to be followed before take-off (engine check, take-off abort scenario in the event of an emergency, etc.).

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It is only after all these sequences that the rocket will really be ready to take off. It will still be necessary to put the SLS back in the “garage”, once again test the systems and subsystems, and finally, bring out the SLS for its real baptism of fire, that is to say the Artemis 1 mission. The objective of this mission is to take the Orion capsule into orbit around the Moon.

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