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Artemis I Rollback to VAB Rescheduled for July 1
NASA Program Update
Teams have rescheduled the return of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to Friday, July 1 due a concern with the condition of the crawlerway that leads from Launch Pad 39B to the VAB. First motion is now planned for 6 p.m. EDT.
This afternoon, teams conducted a series of conditioning efforts driving the massive transporter up and down the slope leading to the launch pad. The inclined pathway must be precisely level with an even distribution of the rocks that make up the crawlerway in order to support the load of the mobile launcher and rocket that it will carry.
Teams will continue grating, or sifting, the crawlerway overnight and the rocket and spacecraft remain in a safe configuration.
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All of the surviving, repurposed and reinforced Apollo- and Shuttle-era infrastructure still being used for SLS seems to be operating pretty close to even its jacked-up limits. Apparently the crawlerway is no exception. With anywhere from one to three years between projected missions, at least there will be plenty of time between launches to deal with the damage caused by each.