Orion Spacecraft Stacked on Top SLS Rocket for NASA’s Artemis I Mission


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Teams with Exploration Ground Systems successfully lifted the Orion Spacecraft for the Artemis I mission inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on October 20, 2021. Teams attached the spacecraft to one of the five overhead cranes inside the building and began lifting it a little after midnight EDT. Next, teams slowly lowered it onto the fully stacked SLS rocket.

Final stacking operations have been completed for NASA’s SLS rocket inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as the Orion spacecraft is lifted onto the Space Launch System rocket for the Artemis I mission. Engineers and technicians with Exploration Ground Systems and Jacobs attached the spacecraft to one of the five overhead cranes inside the building and began lifting it a little after midnight EDT on October 20, 2021.

Work continued to fully secure Orion to the Orion Stage Adapter of the Space Launch System rocket after teams initially placed the spacecraft on top of the rocket earlier in the day. This operation required the EGS team to align the spacecraft perfectly with the adapter before gently attaching the two together and took several hours to make sure Orion was securely in place.

NASA’s Space Launch System will be the most powerful rocket they’ve ever built. When completed, SLS will enable astronauts to begin their journey to explore destinations far into the solar system.


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