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Old December 3rd, 2009, 02:00 AM   #1
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CAPE CANAVERAL | Kennedy Space Center - Ares I LUT | 390 ft | T/O

Surprised this is not listed:

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The mobile launcher will support the Ares I and the vehicle's associated ground support equipment. It will be used in the assembly, testing and servicing of the Ares I at existing Kennedy facilities. The mobile launcher will transport the Ares I rocket to the launch pad and provide ground support for launches. The mobile launcher consists of the main support structure that comprises the base, tower and facility ground support systems, which include power, communications, conditioned air, water for cooling, wash-down, and ignition over-pressure protection.

Hensel Phelps will supply all labor, materials and equipment necessary for construction of the Ares I mobile launcher. Ground support equipment, such as umbilicals, propellant and gases, instrumentation, controls and communications, necessary to support the Ares I rocket will be provided and installed under a separate contract or contracts.

The tower of the mobile launcher will have multiple platforms for personnel access and will be approximately 390 feet tall. Construction will take place at the mobile launcher park site area located north of Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building at the space center in Florida.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2008..._contract.html




(And Yes, that is a roller coaster attached)

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Old December 3rd, 2009, 02:15 AM   #2
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2/12/2009 Steel for the ML arrives:



2/13/2009 Steel is transported to construction site beside the Vehicle Assembly building



3/19/2009 Steel sections have of the ML have been set up on their pedestals:



5/14/2009 Interior is being worked out, LUT tower sections are being put together on ground:





7/01/2009 Lut construction update:





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Old December 3rd, 2009, 02:27 AM   #3
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9/04/2009 Las update before LUT stacking:





9/24/2009 First section of LUT is stacked on the ML:





10/15/2009 Second LUT Section is lifted and stacked:




10/23/2009 Helicopter Photoshoot for Ares I-X shoots a few shots:





10/27/2009 third section added, completing the flanged base of the tower:





11/12/2009 First of the straight tower sections goes up:





11/30/2009 Fifth segment is lifted



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Old December 3rd, 2009, 02:34 AM   #4
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SO to update you, there are four more sections to be stacked on the ground. The Mobile Launcher/Launch umbilical tower will be moved by a vehicle known as the crawler-transporter from the giant Vehicle assembly building to LC-39B which takes about six hours (not bad for a tower!). Lc-39 B will be stripped of its Apollo/Shuttle heritage Fixed service structure and the Shuttle era rotating Service structure, meaning the only tower on the Pad surface will be the Ares LUT/ML.

I should note that from reading the drum beats, there will be a good chance that the Ares I program will be canceled, however since the tower is in work I made a thread, but don't be surprised if it suddenly stops.

Anyhow, more information and pictures located here:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/ind...?topic=15876.0
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Old December 12th, 2009, 08:16 PM   #5
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Recent shots of Tower construction, taken from STS-130 Space Shuttle Endeavour Rollout video:

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And video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82OeaDBRDmg
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Old December 15th, 2009, 06:15 AM   #6
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next section added:

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=4






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Old December 15th, 2009, 11:26 AM   #7
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I should note that from reading the drum beats, there will be a good chance that the Ares I program will be canceled, however since the tower is in work I made a thread, but don't be surprised if it suddenly stops.
It would seem like such a waste to suddenly stop.

Thanks for all the photos and updates. Please keep them coming ... ... unless the drum beats become reality.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 02:40 AM   #8
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Another segment has been lifted:



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Old December 24th, 2009, 04:24 AM   #9
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thanks

Nice pictures, thanks for posting. I'm surprised the platform/tower is this far along. The next few months should be interesting as far as decisions.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 02:45 AM   #10
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where do you live?
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Old December 29th, 2009, 12:12 AM   #11
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where do you live?
I actually live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Most of these images are taken and posted by the NASA Public Affairs office. A few are taken from webcams or NASA TV screen shots.

The structure of the LUT/MLP is fairly easy to erect, the time consuming construction will be outfitting the interior an the swing arms.
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Another section lifted a week ago:




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This was taken before the latest segment was added, but nice to put it in perspective:





the limiting factor for the height of the ML is the VAB door clearance.
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Second to last segment lifted today:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/ind...h=193366;image

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Old January 20th, 2010, 09:30 AM   #15
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What's the roller coaster for?
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Old January 20th, 2010, 07:27 PM   #16
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What's the roller coaster for?
Crew escape, if there is an emergency before lift off it whisks the crew away from the vehicle. Shuttle uses slidewire baskets right now, but since the Ares I will use a mobile tower (LUT) this will not work any more:

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Old January 22nd, 2010, 12:42 AM   #17
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Smaller official pictures today of the same segment lift:

One more segment left to lift before topping off (not sure if they will use the terminology, but same thing)






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Old January 28th, 2010, 07:51 AM   #18
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A steel worker signs a signature plate that will be placed on the tenth and final tower section of a new mobile launcher being constructed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to support the Constellation Program. The plate bears the names of the workers who helped construct the tower.


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Steel workers prepare a live, potted kumquat tree for a "topping out" ceremony to take place when the tenth and final tower section of a new mobile launcher, being constructed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to support the Constellation Program, is hoisted onto the tower later this week. In ancient Scandinavian society, the placement of an evergreen tree on a building's ridge pole signaled to all who helped with its construction that the celebration of its completion would begin


Looks like the last segment is going up soon:

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=4
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Old January 28th, 2010, 09:09 AM   #19
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wow, this is really an unique construction, I'll have to look back at the construction updates in more details, this is one of those types of constructions nobody gives much thought about.

Thanks a lot for bringing us those updates here.
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Well, come February 1st, my sources tell me Ares I will be canceled. However, that does not mean this construction will not be important for NASA's future (aka I know more than I can tell right now)
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