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RS&H has been a key designer for the three Mobile Launcher Platforms since the Apollo Program to launch the Saturn V rockets in the 1960s and 1970s. Currently, RS&H is designing the modifications to the Mobile Launcher to accommodate the Space Launch System, the vehicle which will replace the Space Shuttle. The presented challenge is to increase the Mobile Launcher’s base to handle the Space Launch System weight. It will weigh more than twice as much as the Apollo, and thrust from the two, large Solid Rocket Boosters, and a powerful core with up to five Space Shuttle Main Engines. The modifications are expected be complete by 2016.
Kennedy Space Center, Florida