Barging In Artemis I Core Stage Arrives at Kennedy

Proud Contributor to the SLS Program

April 28, 2021
Summary | five-minute read | NASA barged the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage into the Kennedy Space Center turning basin this week. Nelson Engineering is proud to contribute to the SLS Program. America is one step closer to returning humans to the moon!

The excitement builds at NASA

“With the delivery of the SLS core stage for Artemis I, we have all the parts of the rocket at Kennedy for the first Artemis mission,” said John Honeycutt, the SLS program manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, “Our team looks forward to working with the Exploration Ground Systems team as all these huge pieces come together to build America’s Moon rocket” (Barging In: Artemis I Core Stage Arrives at Kennedy, April 28, 2021).

Nelson’s Contribution: Ground Support Engineering

Nelson provides engineering services to Jacobs Technology on the current KSC Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC). Since 2018, we’ve provided system design, fabrication and assembly, integration and test, and checkout services for SLS ground systems. Efforts include SLS Mobile Launcher (ML) Ground Support Systems (GSS) for vehicle processing in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) High Bay 3 and Launch Pad 39B. Current efforts support craft labor designs, fabrication, and installation for subsystems such as high-pressure gasses and monitoring systems on the ML, in the VAB, and on the launchpad.

As a member of the KSC Engineering Services Contract (ESC) Team from 2011 to 2018, Nelson provided engineering and design services to organizations engaged in developing new technologies, including the NASA KSC Engineering and Technology Directorate and the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program. ESC was responsible for developing new technology applications for ground support equipment (GSE) and systems including testing and validating systems and components primarily for NASA’s SLS.

Nelson provided day-to-day management, planning, coordination, and problem-solving to ensure GSE subsystems met NASA’s requirements.

Carrie Seringer,

Vice President and Director of Design Engineering

Nelson delivers extensive design and construction support to the ground systems necessary to support the SLS and Orion programs. Our day-to-day management, planning, coordination, and problem-solving ensure GSE and GSS designs meet requirements. We produce reliable command and control systems and electrical interfaces between the launch pad, processing facilities, ML, and the Launch Control Center (LCC). Nelson has an impeccable record of responding to evolving requirements. Vehicle design changes naturally impacted GSE designs resulting in revisions to plans. Our designs consistently meet technical, schedule, budget, and quality expectations.

the mobile launcher for the Artemis I mission, atop crawler-transporter 2, departs Launch Pad 39B

Mobile Launcher for the Artemis I mission departs Launch Pad 39B

About Nelson Engineering Co.

Founded in 1993, Nelson Engineering Co. is a small, employee-owned engineering firm headquartered in Merritt Island, FL. We blend the preparation of drawings and specifications, engineering studies, cost estimates, scheduling, environmental assessments and remediation, design reports, master planning, construction support with lifecycle asset management expertise. We employ over 100 professionals in the mechanical, electrical, civil, chemical, industrial, environmental, safety, fire protection, and aerospace disciplines.

We’ve worked at 17 NASA centers and sites. Nelson Engineering holds four (4) prime contracts with NASA and eight (8) subcontracts.

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