NASA has received the first Solid Rocket Booster segment for its Space Launch System and Jacobs has begun the stacking and integration of the system boosters at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the agency's Artemis I mission.
The boosters feature 10 solid fuel segments combined and are built to produce 3.6M pounds of thrust for the SLS launch vehicle, the company said Friday.
The company completed the boosters' final processing and shipped their components to a vehicle assembly building at KSC.
"As the Artemis prime contractor at Kennedy Space Center for Exploration Ground Systems, Jacobs is responsible for receiving all Space Launch System and Orion flight hardware, assembly, integrating the various hardware components then conducting final test, and checkout before rolling it to the pad for launch," said Steve Arnette, senior vice president at Jacobs' critical mission solutions unit.
The launch vehicle's core stage is currently being subjected to green run tests at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Following the tests, it will be transported to KSC for integration.
NASA will field SLS and the Orion spacecraft as an integrated platform under the Artemis I mission.