NASA Super Guppy heads for Florida with Marshall-made cargo

The plane left Marshall for Kennedy Space Center, where it will deliver an adapter that will connect a crew vehicle to the Space Launch System.

Posted: Apr 3, 2018 12:50 PM
Updated: Apr 3, 2018 12:51 PM

A piece of NASA's Space Launch System is at Kennedy Space Center in Florida after the space agency's Super Guppy aircraft delivered it from Huntsville.

The giant cargo plane landed in Huntsville Monday afternoon and left ahead of schedule Tuesday morning to avoid potential severe weather heading into north Alabama.

The Super Guppy was carrying the Orion stage adapter that will connect the SLS to the crew vehicle. It's the only piece of the SLS that is totally unique to Huntsville.

"Unlike the rest of the Space Launch System hardware, it was designed and built here at the Marshall Space Flight Center," said Orion stage adapter manager Brent Gaddis. "Our engineers designed it and they saw it all the way through the manufacturing process, and now we're actually seeing it depart and go down to where it's going to be launched."

The Super Guppy last visited Huntsville in July to pick up test hardware for the Space Launch System.

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