Artemis II engine section proceeds to final assembly
On May 24, 2022, the main stage production team moved the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket engine section for Artemis II to the main stage final integration area of the installation. NASA’s Michoud assembly in New Orleans.
On site, the engine section team is completing the installation of the main propulsion systems, completing the integration of the electrical and avionic systems and preparing for the functional tests of the various systems.
During final integration, the team will also install the remaining internal thermal protection systems and prepare to position the engine section from vertical to horizontal so that it can be joined with the rest of the central stage.
The engine section is located at the bottom of the core stage and includes the rocket’s main propulsion systems that connect to the four RS-25 core stage engines that will help launch the Artemis II lunar mission.
This fall, the engine section will be horizontally integrated with the previously attached nose assembly and liquid hydrogen tank to complete the center stage. NASA and Boeing, the prime contractor for the main stage, are building main stages for the next three Artemis missions.
The 212-foot main stage with its RS-25 engines will provide over 2 million pounds of thrust at launch. With Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon and establish long-term exploration in preparation for missions to Mars.
NASA’s SLS and Orion spacecraft, along with the Commercial Human Landing System and Moon Orbiting Gateway, are NASA’s backbone for deep space exploration. SLS is the only rocket capable of sending Orion, astronauts and supplies to the Moon in a single mission.
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