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Robert Pearlman
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NASA release
NASA Awards Contract for Mobile Launcher

NASA's Kennedy Space Center has awarded a contract to Hensel Phelps of Orlando, Fla., for the construction of a new mobile launcher for the Constellation Program. The contract includes an option for an additional mobile launcher. It is a firm fixed-price contract with a value of $263,735,000, if all options are exercised.

The mobile launcher will support the next generation crew launch vehicle and its associated ground support equipment. It will be used in the assembly, testing and servicing of the vehicle at existing Kennedy facilities. The mobile launcher will transport the 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 mobile launcher. Ground support equipment, such as umbilicals, propellant and gases, instrumentation, controls and communications, necessary to support the 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.

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Trestles and girders for a new mobile launcher arrive by barge February 12 at the Launch Complex 39 area turn basin of NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

The new launcher will be lighter than space shuttle mobile launcher platforms so that the crawler-transporter can pick up the added load of the 345-foot tower and taller rocket.

When the structural portion of the new mobile launcher is complete, umbilicals, access arms, communications equipment and command and control equipment will be installed.

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After being offloaded from a barge at the turn basin at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the girder for the new mobile launcher moves to the mobile launcher parking area behind the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a new mobile launcher is under construction.

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In the mobile launcher parking area behind the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the new mobile launcher, or ML, is under construction.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, construction is under way on a new mobile launcher.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers secure the second section of a tower for a new mobile launcher, or ML, to the first. Installation of the first section was on Sept. 24, 2009. The tower will have multiple platforms for personnel access and be approximately 345 feet tall.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane lowers the third section of the tower for a new mobile launcher, or ML, into place atop the growing structure.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, construction of the tower on a new mobile launcher, or ML, progresses.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane lowers a fourth tower section onto three sections already secured to a new mobile launcher, or ML.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane positions a fifth tower segment onto four segments already secured to a new mobile launcher, or ML.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane positions a sixth tower segment onto five segments already secured to a new mobile launcher, or ML.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, progress on the construction of the tower on a new mobile launcher, or ML, is apparent as the seventh tower segment is balanced in position.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, construction of the tower on a new mobile launcher, or ML, progresses with placement of the eighth tower segment on the growing structure.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, construction of the tower on the new mobile launcher, or ML, progresses with placement of the ninth tower segment on the growing structure.

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Steel workers sign a signature plate and prepare a live, potted kumquat tree for a "topping out" ceremony to take place when the tenth and final tower section of the new mobile launcher 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. In this "green" version of the custom, the kumquat tree will be removed from the tower after the ceremony and planted.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane gently lowers a tenth and final tower segment toward the nine segments previously secured to a new mobile launcher, or ML.

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At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a large crane has lowered the tenth and final segment of a new mobile launcher, or ML.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers supervise the lift of the third segment of the launch mount for a new mobile launcher, or ML, being constructed to support NASA's future human spaceflight program from the tractor-trailer on which it arrived.

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