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Boeing Ships Out SLS Rocket Core Stage to Stennis Space Center

Boeing Ships Out SLS Rocket Core Stage to Stennis Space Center - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Boeing has taken the Space Launch System rocket's first core stage out of NASA's New Orleans-based Michoud Assembly Facility for delivery.

The core stage has undergone a series of final tests and is now in NASA's Pegasus barge transportation vessel for a trip to Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, the company said Wednesday.

The space agency will conduct hot-fire engine tests with the core stage this year at Stennis and move the technology to Florida-based Kennedy Space Center after pre-launch inspections.

“We are applying what we've learned from development of the first core stage to accelerate work on core stages 2 and 3, already in production at Michoud, as well as the Exploration Upper Stage that will power NASA's most ambitious Artemis missions,“ said John Shannon, SLS vice president and program manager at Boeing.

SLS will support NASA's effort to bring humans to the Moon and Mars for exploration under the Artemis program.

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