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Solid rocket booster retrieval operationsSolid Rocket Booster Retrieval operations are discussed in detail. The recovery of expended boosters and associated hardware without damage attributable to retrieval procedures is the main goal. The retrieval force consists tof ship's personnel and retrieval team members, each of whom has been trained and is highly skilled in multi-faceted operations. The retrieval force is equipped with two specially-built, highly maneuverable ships outfitted with parachute reels, retrieval cranes, towing winches, large volume-low pressure air compressors, SCUBA diving gear, inflatable boats with outboard motors and diver-operated SRB dewatering devices. The two ships are deployed in sufficient time to conduct an electronic and visual search of the impact area prior to launch. Upon search completeion, each ship takes station a safe distance from the predetermined impact point initiating both visual and electronic search in the direction of flight path, ensuring SRB acquisition at splashdown. When safe, the ships enter the impact area and commence recovery of all floating flight hardware which is subsequently returned to the Disassembly Facility for refurbishment and reuse. Retrieval techniques have evolved in parallel with equipment and flight hardware configuration changes. Additional changes have been initiated to improve personnel safety.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Rasmussen, A. M.
(NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Johnson Space Center Space Shuttle Tech. Conf., Pt. 1
Subject Category
Space Transportation
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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