Pegasus delivers to Kennedy Space Center

Space Coast, FL – Early morning on July 29, 2020 the barge Pegasus ventured to and through Port Canaveral, Florida. Pegasus is known for making delivers from back in the Shuttle program. Now, it makes it’s delivery for SLS.

Pegasus changes tug for the remainder of the trip to NASA Kennedy at Port Canaveral | photo: Jon Van Horne

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The barge delivered the second to last piece of hardware for the Artemis I test flight around the Moon to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch vehicle stage adapter (LVSA) connects the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to the upper stage, called the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage.

The full trip was from NASA Marshal in Huntsville, Alabama to NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Pegasus is positioned in Port Canaveral to reconnect to a tug boat | photo: Jon Van Horne

After going up the rest of the way on the Indian River to Kennedy’s SLC-39 turn basin wharf, technicians offloaded the LVSA and transported it to the Vehicle Assembly Building. This is where it will be stored until it is needed for stacking on the rocket.

Technicians with NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems move the launch vehicle stage adapter (LVSA) for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to the Vehicle Assembly Building | image: Jacobs/Tracy Yates

We’re almost there! The SLS is slated to lift off the Artemis I mission late 2021. This will be the first time since the Apollo missions that we send a test uncrewed spacecraft to the Moon and back.

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Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.