From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Media are invited to a photo and interview opportunity Friday, April 13, at 11 a.m. EDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., to view the modifications under way on crawler-transporter 2. Media should arrive at Kennedy's Press Site by 10:30 a.m. for transportation to the crawler.
Journalists will have an opportunity to tour and photograph the crawler, as well as interview NASA officials at Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building.
Journalists without NASA Kennedy accreditation need to apply for credentials by noon April 12. International media accreditation for this event is closed. Shuttle Discovery's ferry flight NASA media accreditation will be honored for the crawler event. Badges for this specific event can be picked up at the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office on State Road 405. Media must apply for credentials online at: https://media.ksc.nasa.gov
Crawler-transporter 2, known as CT-2, is being modified to extend the lifetime of the crawler's systems to allow it to carry NASA's new Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket and Orion spacecraft, as well as other future space program vehicles, to Kennedy's launch pads. These system modifications include AC generator replacement, electronics replacement, cable replacement, tubing replacement, hydraulic component replacement, cleaning of fuel tanks, and cleaning of hydraulic systems. These modifications will allow the crawler, which has supported NASA's Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs, to continue supporting human spaceflight for another 20 years.
NASA's Ground Systems Development and Operations Program is overseeing the crawler upgrade work. For more information about the program, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/groundsystems
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