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spacescribe
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posted 06-10-2013 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacescribe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone who's been to the Vehicle Assembly Building's low bay clarify what I'm seeing here? I see "A" for "Tower A", but beyond that is it areas K-N? What kind of work was done there and were there offices behind that area? Thank you.

Jim Behling
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posted 06-10-2013 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You got your answer at NASA Spaceflight.
There were test cells for the S-II and S-IVB on either side of the transfer aisle. Google "VAB low bay" and look at the diagrams and images. The test cells were abandoned in place after Apollo. The ground level just has various areas for work. The transfer aisle would be the holding area.
(It is bad internet manners to post the same thing on multiple sites at the same time. You only post on other sites if you don't get satisfaction at the original site.)

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-10-2013 10:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From a space shuttle-era NASA fact sheet:
The Low Bay area is at the southern half of the building and serves as a holding and processing area for the SRB forward assemblies and Ground Support Equipment. The upper floors of the low bay area house the Kennedy Space Center's main intranet and computer systems for data processing and data communication.

ilbasso
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posted 06-10-2013 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting to see that photo making the rounds. My dad took it in August 1969 when he was on a VIP tour of KSC.

spacescribe
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posted 06-11-2013 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacescribe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jim Behling:
You got answer at NASA Spaceflight.
Jim, I'm catching up on the posts and was actually about to thank you for your invaluable comment on the other site. I'd like to get more experiences of people who've been there which is why I also posted here. Thanks.

spacescribe
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posted 06-11-2013 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacescribe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ilbasso:
Interesting to see that photo making the rounds. My dad took it in August 1969 when he was on a VIP tour of KSC.

Yes, I've been to several sites and these photos of yours have proven to be quite popular and helpful to me -- thank you.

spacescribe
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posted 06-11-2013 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacescribe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
From a space shuttle-era NASA fact sheet
Hi again Robert, wondering have you been there? Any idea what the lower floors house?

Jim Behling
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posted 06-11-2013 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by spacescribe:
Any idea what the lower floors house?
Just empty areas, much like a high bay without an MLP, some areas were used for SRB refurbishment before the SRB ARF was built. There are some large paint booths for the nose cones. It is really nondescript.

I am speaking from experience. I have been at CCAFS/KSC since 1988 and the other site has many workers on it.

astro-nut
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posted 06-15-2013 06:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does any collectSPACE member know the exact dates of construction of the VAB? When did construction start on the VAB and what day was construction completed on the VAB?

nasamad
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posted 06-15-2013 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The info you are looking for is likely to be found in these chapters of NASA's Moonport.

A quick look tells me that work began on 11 July 1963. It would be a shame not to read this yourself as its very interesting and there were a lot of milestones between beginning and end.

LM-12
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posted 08-22-2014 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a NASA article on current modifications to the VAB for the SLS program.

Notice in the first photo that there is a mission emblem for the STS-109 Hubble repair mission on the VAB wall near High Bay 3. Why that particular flight? Are there other emblems on the VAB walls?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-22-2014 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, there are a number of mission emblems. I believe they were added for the filming of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" in 2010.

LM-12
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posted 08-22-2014 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the banners they placed higher up in High Bay 3. Interesting comparison.

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