Inside KSC: CST-100 Starliner, VAB Work

Video Caption: NASA and Boeing entered in an agreement with Bastion Technologies for the company to build training mock-ups and ground support equipment for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner. In Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building, half of the 10 work platforms now have been installed to surround the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, providing access during preflight processing.

NASA Solicits Proposals for Use of Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building High Bay 2

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has released an announcement for proposals (AFP) for private companies interested in using its Vehicle Assembly Building, High Bay 2 (VAB HB2) for assembly, integration and testing of launch vehicles.

In addition to VAB HB2, the center has three Mobile Launcher Platforms (MLPs) available for reuse in commercial space operations. This announcement supports Kennedy’s transformation to a multi-user spaceport that effectively utilizes assets identified in the center’s 20-year Master Plan.

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KSC Continues Transformation to Multi-User Spaceport

Orion Exploration Flight Test launch. (Credit: NASA)
Orion Exploration Flight Test launch. (Credit: NASA)

By Frank Ochoa-Gonzales
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida

The year 2014 proved to be of the banner variety for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Kennedy’s diverse new identity on full display as NASA prepares America for its next journey into deep space.

In the quest to transform Kennedy in to the world’s eminent multi-user spaceport, employees have helped prepare, launch and recover Orion; establish, ready and process research and cargo bound for the International Space Station and partner with Boeing and SpaceX to develop human-rated spacecraft to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS by 2017.

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As VAB Turns 50, Workers Prepare it for Next Half Century

A conceptual look at the future of the VAB configured for processing the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket. (Credit: NASA)
A conceptual look at the future of the VAB configured for processing the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket. (Credit: NASA)

By Bob Granath
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Construction of the Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida began a half-century ago this summer. After serving through the Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs, the mammoth structure now is undergoing renovations to accommodate future launch vehicles and to continue as a major part of America’s efforts to explore space for another 50 years.

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VAB Renovations Prepare the Way for New Rockets

As part of NASA’s Ground Systems Development and Operations Program, a space shuttle-era work platform is being moved to the floor high bay 3 of the VAB. GSDO is developing the ground systems, infrastructure and operational approaches to safely process, the next generation of rockets and spacecraft. (Credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann)

By Bob Granath
NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

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 refurbishment initiative in preparation for the next generation of human spaceflight.

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