Sending the first woman to the moon

NASA is committed to landing the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024 as part of the Artemis program. But the effort will require a massive, new rocket and the infrastructure to safely assemble and launch it from. Working with U.S. companies and international partners like Bechtel, NASA will push the boundaries of human exploration. 

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Bechtel will contribute decades of engineering and construction capability to the mission by constructing Mobile Launcher 2 (ML2). Selected in 2019, Bechtel will design, build, test, and commission ML2: a ground structure used to assemble and launch the Space Launch System (SLS) Rocket and Orion spacecraft from Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center.

The cost-plus-award-fee contract carries an estimated value of approximately $402 million with a term of 47 months. When complete, ML2 will be 380 feet tall and will include a launch platform for SLS and physical connections to NASA’s ground infrastructure, providing several functions before launch. The tower portion of ML2 will be equipped with several connection lines called umbilicals, as well as launch accessories that will provide SLS and Orion with power, communications, coolant, fuel, and stabilization prior to launch. The scope also includes all project management, architectural and engineering design, technical integration, fabrication, construction, testing, commissioning, and quality control for ML2. 

To the moon and beyond

The ML2 structure will be used to assemble and process NASA’s SLS Block 1B rocket and Orion spacecraft inside of the Vehicle Assembly Building. The SLS rocket and Orion are critical to NASA’s exploration plans at the moon and beyond. NASA designed the SLS as the world’s most powerful rocket for safely sending humans on missions to deep space, and Orion is specifically designed to keep humans alive hundreds of thousands of miles from home.

A series of missions will include a flight around the moon, a landing, and a moon-orbiting space station. 

NASA will use what is learned on the Moon to prepare for humanity's next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.

Teaming to put boots on the moon

Bechtel is teaming with industry leaders as we execute the ML2 project. The team has joined with four subcontractors to jointly ensure the success of getting “Boots on the moon in 2024.”

GP Strategies Corporation and BRPH Architects and Engineers, Inc. are providing qualified engineering support. A teaming agreement with Astro Pak Corporation brings expertise with chemical cleaning in pneumatic and fuel and cryogenic pipe systems. Cimarron also is contributing expertise in systems engineering, configuration and data management, mission assurance and reliability, as well as human factor analysis.