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Construction bidding cost of KSC's space shuttle facilitiesThe bidding cost of the major Space Transportation System facilities constructed under the responsibility of the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is described and listed. These facilities and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) are necessary for the receiving, assembly, testing, and checkout of the Space Shuttle for launch and landing missions at KSC. The Shuttle launch configuration consists of the Orbiter, the External Tank, and the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB). The reusable Orbiter and SRB's is the major factor in the program that will result in lowering space travel costs. The new facilities are the Landing Facility; Orbiter Processing Facility; Orbiter Approach and Landing Test Facility (Dryden Test Center, California); Orbiter Mating Devices; Sound Suppression Water System; and Emergency Power System for LC-39. Also, a major factor was to use as much Apollo facilities and hardware as possible to reduce the facilities cost. The alterations to existing Apollo facilities are the VAB modifications; Mobile Launcher Platforms; Launch Complex 39 Pads A and B (which includes a new concept - the Rotary Service Structure), which was featured in ENR, 3 Feb. 1977, 'Hinged Space Truss will Support Shuttle Cargo Room'; Launch Control Center mods; External Tank and SRB Processing and Storage; Fluid Test Complex mods; O&C Spacelab mods; Shuttle mods for Parachute Facility; SRB Recovery and Disassembly Facility at Hangar 'AF'; and an interesting GSE item - the SRB Dewatering Nozzle Plug Sets (Remote Controlled Submarine System) used to inspect and acquire for reuse of SRB's.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Brown, Joseph Andrew
(NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1977
Subject Category
Administration And Management
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:109317
Meeting Information
Meeting: Annual American Association of Cost Engineers Meeting
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Country: United States
Start Date: July 15, 1979
End Date: July 18, 1979
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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