NASA, Boeing approaching first major join of second SLS Core Stage

Operations for the first major join of the main elements of the second Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage are expected to begin later in March as NASA and prime contractor Boeing work to deliver the stage in 2022 for the Artemis 2 launch. The three elements that compose the top half of the rocket, the forward skirt, the liquid oxygen tank, and the intertank, are finishing up standalone integration and testing at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans in preparation for being stacked in the factory’s Vertical Assembly Building. While the top half of the rocket stage is being put together in the Spring, production and assembly also continues on the bottom two elements. Major hydraulic and pneumatic parts of the Main Propulsion System are being installed inside the engine section ,and Boeing completed spraying primer on the outside of the liquid hydrogen tank after issues during initial attempts. Getting ready for forward join stacking Core Stage prime contractor Boeing is in the middle of production of the second vehicle for NASA at the East New Orleans historic Michoud facility. At a high level, assembly starts with welding aluminum structural panels into barrels and domes; the full…

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NASA, Boeing approaching first major join of second SLS Core Stage

Updated: March 12, 2021 — 9:27 am