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2014-03-05 16:21:05

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected Hensel Phelps Construction Co., of Orlando, Fla., to modify High Bay 3 in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the processing of the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Hensel Phelps will receive a fixed-price contract for $99.57 million, consisting of the base amount and three options. The period of...

NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building Making Room For Multiple Rockets
2012-11-08 10:55:12

NASA The Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is undergoing renovations to accommodate future launch vehicles. A project of Ground Systems Development and Operations, or GSDO, space shuttle-era work platforms have been removed from the VAB's High Bay 3 and accommodations are being made to support a variety of future spacecraft, including NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket. The changes are part of a centerwide modernization and...

Image 1 - Shuttles To Be In The Forever Homes By Year's End
2012-03-07 11:46:40

By the end of this year, NASA's space shuttles will be in their new homes. Recently, the shuttles were on the move as part of the transition and retirement (T&R) activities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Feb. 1, NASA Vehicle Manager for T&R Bart Pannullo watched as shuttle Endeavour was backed out of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and towed to Orbiter Processing Facility-2 (OPF-2). The next day, shuttle Atlantis made an appearance outside the VAB as it was...

Image 1 - Shuttle Model Move Shows Way For Atlantis
2011-12-17 05:17:04

Moving the high fidelity model of the space shuttle Dec. 10 called for an array of planning, about 100 people and a specialized trailer. It also called for the temporary removal of 18 light poles, four traffic signals and some signs. It took the team about five hours to make the six-mile trip from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to the Turn Basin across the street from the Vehicle Assembly Building. The group started rolling at 7:30 a.m. so they wouldn't have to worry about the...

Image 1 - Program Passes Milestone For Spaceport Advances
2011-12-08 04:14:54

The program tasked with setting up NASA's Kennedy Space Center to host an array of launchers and spacecraft passed a milestone last week when the 21st Century Ground Systems Program's Mission Concept Review was completed. "It gets all of our stakeholders on board," said Scott Colloredo, the project manager for the 21st Century Ground Systems Program. "We feel good about it." The program is one of two new programs for Kennedy that basically opened their doors in the past year or so. The...

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2011-02-01 10:05:00

Space shuttle Discovery began its final journey overnight by rolling out of the assembly building 3.4 miles to the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad. With its crew of six astronauts expected to launch on February 24, the shuttle will deliver a storeroom to be attached to the International Space Station (ISS), along with further supplies and spare parts. Discovery, stacked with its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters, took seven hours to complete the roll from Kennedy's vast...

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2011-01-12 14:45:00

Space shuttle Discovery remains in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as modifications and repairs are made to the external fuel tank's support beams known as "stringers." Additional support structures called radius blocks are being added to 94 stringers, meaning the entire circumference of the external tank will be strengthened by the time all the repairs and modifications are finished. "The teams have done a tremendous job of staying focused and working...

2010-12-20 18:00:00

Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to roll back from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for additional work related to its final scheduled mission. The first motion of the shuttle is targeted for 12:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 21. In the VAB, technicians will scan below the foam insulation surrounding the intertank section of Discovery's external tank to look for any issues, such as cracks. They also will reapply foam after...

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2010-02-24 06:55:00

Journalists are invited to cover the STS-131 space shuttle crew's practice countdown and related training March 2-5 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Reporters also may cover space shuttle Discovery's move from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A on March 2. Atop of a giant crawler-transporter, Discovery's first motion on its rollout to the pad is scheduled for Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. EST. The 3.4-mile journey is expected to take approximately six hours. Activities include...


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