The CT-2 took a test drive along the crawlerway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to determine the structural dynamics and loading environments of the crawler’s recent upgrades.
The test was performed to ensure that the crawler is ready to support the first integrated flight of the Orion spacecraft and the SLS rocket.
NASA’s crawler-transporter 2 (CT-2), has carried NASA rockets and spacecraft to the launch pad for the last 50 years.
NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems team have modified the crawlers to carry the Space Launch System (SLS) with the Orion spacecraft atop it on the Mobile Launcher.
In addition to supporting NASA’s deep space missions, the Crawlers were designed with the flexibility to also transport potential commercial vehicles to their pads for their launches into lower earth orbit. .