Lifting the First Half of Work Platforms for NASA’s Space Launch System

In High Bay 4 inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, preparations are underway to lift the first half of the K-level work platforms for NASA’s Space Launch System up and across the transfer aisle. The work platform will be lowered into High Bay 3 and secured into position, about 86 feet above the VAB floor, on tower E of High Bay 3. The K work platforms will provide access to NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) core stage and solid rocket boosters during processing and stacking operations on the mobile launcher. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program is overseeing upgrades and modifications to High Bay 3 to support processing of the SLS and Orion spacecraft. A total of 10 levels of new platforms, 20 platform halves altogether, will surround the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft and provide access for testing and processing.

 

Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

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