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Kennedy Space Center
Nov. 14, 2003
Mobile Launcher Platform Vibration Tests Scheduled For Next Week
The first in a series of engineering data gathering tests will be performed next week involving the Space Shuttle's crawler transporter and the Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP) at Kennedy Space Center.
Scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 17, the crawler transporter will move the MLP, carrying a set of twin solid rocket boosters, slowly out of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in support of engineering analysis vibration tests on the crawler and MLP. The crawler will be moving at various speeds up to 1 mph in an effort to achieve vibration data gathering goals as it leaves the VAB and then returns.
The primary purpose of these rollout tests are to gather data that will be used to develop future maintenance requirements on the transport equipment and the flight hardware. Various parts of the MLP and crawler transporter have been instrumented with vibration data collection equipment.
Additional rollout tests will be performed in the following months without the booster set for the purposes of gathering data in various hardware configurations.
Media interested in viewing the rollout are invited to arrive at the KSC press site at 10:30 a.m. Monday. For additional photo opportunities through the week, contact the KSC News Center at 321-867-2468 for updated information.
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