Teledyne Brown Engineering has been awarded an $85 million contract modification to supply NASA two additional Launch Vehicle Stage Adapters (LVSA) for the Artemis II and III moon missions. The LVSAs are the largest pieces of the current configuration of the Space Launch System to be built at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
The LVSA provides the physical interface between the SLS Core Stage and the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage. It also serves as the critical separation system used to separate the Core Stage from the ICPS.
“TBE is thrilled to be a part of the monumental Artemis spaceflight moon missions, providing its 2nd and 3rd LVSA units, which further solidify our prominence in designing and building spaceflight hardware,” said Jan Hess, president of TBE.
Artemis II is planned to launch in 2023. Artemis III is currently scheduled for launch in 2024 and will include a landing at the Moon’s south polar region.
TBE is contracted to provide the engineering, technical support and hardware to NASA for two additional LVSA units. The company has already delivered the LVSA Structural Test Article in 2016 and Flight Unit 1 earlier this year.
In July, Teledyne Brown Engineering announced its third expansion of its Huntsville campus in as many years, adding 55,000-square-feet and enhancing the company’s manufacturing and fabrication capabilities.