NASA’s SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft are prepared to roll from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Tuesday. The booster and spacecraft have been readied for the maiden flight of the Artemis Program. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | License Photo
Aug. 16 (UPI) — NASA plans to roll out its Space Launch System rocket to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday night, ahead of its premiere flight later this month.
The uncrewed test flight is part of the plan to return man to the moon.
NASA will live-stream the rollout of the Artemis I Moon rocket, the largest ever built by NASA, on Launch Pad 39B, The movement was expected to start by 9 p.m. EDT but was delayed until “no earlier than” 9:30 p.m. late Tuesday.
“Over the weekend, the team completed testing of the flight termination system, which marked the final major activity prior to closing out the rocket and retracting the final access platforms in the VAB,” NASA said in a statement.
The flight termination system has given the agency problems in the leadup to the launch. The system is meant to destroy the rocket in the event of an emergency.
The 322-foot SLS rocket and its Orion capsule will take several hours to reach the launch pad. The live stream started at 3 p.m. EDT on the space center’s YouTube channel.
NASA’s biggest rocket, SLS, gets ready for moon mission
A full moon sets behind NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket as it stands on Complex 39B in preparation for testing at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on June 15, 2022. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | License Photo