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SLS Core Stage arrives at Stennis for Green Run campaign

15 Jan 2020, 19:35 UTC
SLS Core Stage arrives at Stennis for Green Run campaign
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The first NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage arrived at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi onboard the Pegasus barge late last weekend to begin the Stage Green Run test campaign that will take up the majority of the year. The stage was transported from its Michoud Assembly Facility factory after weather postponed the trip for a few days.

The test team at Stennis has prepared the stage to be lifted into the B-2 position at the B Test Stand where activation and full checkouts of the stage will precede its first propellant loading, followed by an eight-minute long firing of the stage and its engines. The amount of time it will take to be ready to conduct the propellant load and hot-fire test will be driven by both how well the stage behaves in the stand during preparations and how favorable weather conditions are at Stennis during the rest of the Winter and the Spring.
NASA and prime contractor Boeing have transferred some of the expected refurbishment work after the hot-fire test to the Kennedy Space Center after the stage is shipped there from Stennis for launch preparations, but estimates when that transport might occur still range anywhere ...

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