GAO Finds Concerns About Structural Integrity of SLS Mobile Launcher

Mobile crawler transporter (Credit: NASA)

Updated May 5 at 12:53 p.m. PDT with information about funding for a second Mobile Launcher.

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

There are “emerging concerns about the structural integrity of the Mobile Launcher’s base” from which NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft will lift off, according to a new government assessment.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that “loads models have indicated low stress margins in critical locations in the Mobile Launcher base. The program attributed this issue to an error in their model.

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MEI Technologies Deploys Advanced CubeSats From ISS

Pictured is the LONESTAR satellite just after the robotic arm in Japan's Kibo laboratory deployed it from the Space Station on the morning of January 29. (Credit ESA/NASA)
Pictured is the LONESTAR satellite just after the robotic arm in Japan’s Kibo laboratory deployed it from the Space Station on the morning of January 29. (Credit ESA/NASA)

HOUSTON (MEI PR) — MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT) recently celebrated the successful deployment of two satellites — built by two Texas universities — from the International Space Station.

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