In turn from the agency’s unique plan, NASA got a contract for a second mobile launcher to be constructed at Kennedy Space Center.
In 2018, the space agency declared a second mobile launcher would not be built because there have been no funds for its development in the 2019 budget. As a substitute, NASA planning to modify the existing mobile launcher.
So, NASA has announced that Bechtel National, Inc., of Reston, Virginia, will design and build a second mobile launcher, often called Mobile Launcher 2, or ML2. Having a second launcher will reduce the period between two versions of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), probably the most highly effective rocket the agency has ever built. Bechtel National is predicted to complete the design, build, testing and commissioning of the mobile launcher within 44 months, starting on July 1, based on NASA.
The space agency needs to launch SLS Block 1 rocket, without this second mobile launcher, then change the platform to support the taller SLS Block 1B before the second another type may launch.
In the year 2017 report, the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel beneficial building another second mobile launch platform, asserting that having a second platform can save an expected 33 months between launches and prevent safety issues arising from a “deterioration in both the number and skill of the ground launch workforce.”
ML2 will now be used to assemble, process and launch both SLS Block 1B and the Orion spacecraft for missions under NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach. Before trying to send a human crew to Mars, President Donald Trump asked NASA first to send humans back to the moon.
NASA plans to have people on the moon by 2024, and both the SLS and Orion launches will assist them in getting there.