CAPE CANAVERAL—Hoping to shorten the span between the first and second flight tests of the long-delayed Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion deep-space capsule, NASA has hired Bechtel National of Reston, Virginia, to design and build a second mobile launch platform, the space agency said June 25. The cost-plus-award-fee contract, valued at about $383 million, commits Bechtel to design, build, test and commission the Mobile Launcher 2 (ML2) by March, 1 2023. ML1, originally ...

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