Launch Pad 39B
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SLS mobile launcher moves to pad 39B for final exams
A towering mobile platform for the agency’s Space Launch System arrived at launch pad 39B Friday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a sequence of water and propellant flow tests, swing arm checkouts and other rehearsals that should conclude with managers declaring the spaceport’s ground systems ready to support the first SLS launch campaign by the end of the year.
Photos: SLS mobile launch platform rolls to pad 39B
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Orbital ATK’s bid to join the U.S. military’s roster of rockets to haul the most critical national security satellites into orbit faces stiff competition from entrenched launch providers and billionaire entrepreneurs, but the company is confident its Next Generation Launch system will win one of three funding agreements the Air Force is expected to award this summer.
Q&A with Mike Laidley, vice president of Orbital ATK’s Next Generation Launch program (members only)
NASA making steady progress on SLS mobile launch platform
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