Thu, Aug 05, 2004
Engine Being Readied For Shipment To Stennis Space Center
In the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) Processing Facility,
Boeing-Rocketdyne crane operator Joe Ferrante lifts SSME 2058, the
first SSME fully assembled at KSC, with the assistance of other
technicians on his team.
The engine is being lifted from its vertical work stand into a
horizontal position in preparation for shipment to NASA’s
Stennis Space Center in Mississippi to undergo a hot fire
acceptance test. It is the first of five engines to be fully
assembled on site to reach the desired number of 15 engines ready
for launch at any given time in the Space Shuttle program.
A Space Shuttle has three reusable main engines. Each is 14 feet
long, weighs about 7,800 pounds, is seven-and-a-half feet in
diameter at the end of its nozzle, and generates almost 400,000
pounds of thrust. Historically, SSMEs were assembled in Canoga Park
(CA) with post-flight inspections performed at KSC. Both functions
were consolidated in February 2002.
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