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Boeing unveils CST-100 mock-up T wo NASA astronauts conducted By Rebecca Regan Spaceport News NASA/ Robert Markowitz The Boeing Companys CST-100 spacecraft features LED lighting and tablet technology. To watch NASA astronauts Serena Aunon and Randy Bresnik as they maneuver in the spacecraft, click the photo. CLICK ON PHOTO VAB turns 50 Page 4


Page 2 Robotic base in space not far-fetched plan T By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News NASAs FY2014 budget proposal includes a plan to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to the Earth-moon system, where astronauts can visit and explore it. Click on the photo to view a video. NASA image CLICK ON PHOTO For the complete story, go to


Page 3 BRS Aerospace leases parachute facility By Linda Herridge Spaceport News A Center Director Bob Cabana, right, shakes hands with Larry Williams, president and CEO of Ballistic Recovery Systems Inc of Miami, Fla., after signing a new partnership agreement July 19 for use of the Parachute Refurbishment Facility. NASA/Jim Grossmann A worker repairs solid rocket booster parachutes recovered from sea in November 2008 inside the Parachute Refurbishment Facility. BRS Aerospace will begin utilizing the facility Sept. 3 under a 10-year lease agreement. NASA/Jim Grossmann Its a unique situation where we can repurpose the facility into a commercial use and provide additional, specic capability to commercial space customers. Larry Williams, President and CEO BRS Aerospace


Page 4 Page 5 VAB remains pillar of Americas premiere spaceport C onstruction of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center began a half-century ago this summer. After serving through the Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs, the mammoth struc ture now is undergoing renovations to accommodate future launch vehicles and to continue as a major part of Americas efforts to explore space for another 50 years. Construction began with driving It was part of NASAs massive effort to send astronauts to the moon for the bedrock with a foundation consisting tons of steel. was the largest building in the world volume. The structure covers eight To accommodate moving, processing bridge cranes were installed. On the east and west sides are four high-bay in height, allowing rollout of the Apol lo/Saturn V moon rockets mounted atop launch umbilical towers. transporters, among the largest ma chines ever built to move on land, car ried the assembled rockets to the pads. After the conclusion of Apollo in the accommodate the space shuttle. Inside the VAB, the shuttle solid rocket boost ers were stacked atop a mobile launcher platform. The external fuel tank was attached between the two boosters and the shuttle mounted to the tank. Follow derway to support the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft, which also will result in the ability to process multiple launch vehicle types. SLS will be the agencys advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle, providing a new capability for human exploration beyond Earth orbit. However, NASA also is partnering with private industry on launch vehicle and spacecraft devel opment options for taking astronauts to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. Last year shuttle-era work platforms were removed from the VABs High tems Development and Operations, or According to Jose Lopez, the VAB senior project manager in the Vehicle Integration and Launch Support Branch terwide modernization and refurbish ment initiative in preparation for the Lopez noted that some of the utilities and systems scheduled for replacement at the VAB have been used since the facility was built. This initial work is required to support any launch vehicle will allow NASA to begin modernizing requirements are being developed. construction contract for new access platforms, including structures and systems required for the SLS. Some of the current work has of obsolete Apolloand shuttle-era cabling. This will make room for instal command, communication, control and power systems needed to perform and other rockets being rolled out to the launch pad. VAB with the new infrastructure, code upgrades and safety improvements, the building will continue in its role as a central hub for the Florida spaceport well into the future. By Bob Granath Spaceport News July 30, 1963 Aug. 23, 1963 April 7, 1964 Jan. 5, 1965 Present Nearly one year old. Three large cranes readied for VAB construction. Pile driving in progress. Eight months into construction. The VAB at 50 and counting. A year and a half after construction start. June 22, 1964


Page 6 Page 7 x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x 45,000 Number of steel beams: 65,000Cubic Yards of Concrete 47Full grown One of the VAB's two 325-ton cranes can lift AFRICANELEPHANTS 98,590TONSOF STEELSTEEL BOLTS 1 Million 3 1/2EMPIRE STATE BUILDINGSVAB= 325 TON The VAB high bay doors are The VAB high bay doors are the largest doors in the world and take about 45 minutes to completely open or close.456FEET HIGHDid you know...NASAs Vehicle Assembly Building was constructed using:It would take Billion That is about 800 times the population of the Unted States250142091 35 Saturn V rockets were processed for Apollo and the Skylab space stationSpace shuttles were prepared in the VAB for MISSIONS 6,000It tookgallons to originally paint the U.S. ag and bicentennial logo on the VAB.The U.S. Flag on the front of the VAB is Each star is Each stripe is The blue eld is the size of an NBA regulation basketball court. the width of a standard tour bus.FEET HIGH110FEET WIDE6FEET ACROSS9FEET WIDE U S A U N I T E D S T A T E S AtlantisBy volumethe


Page 8 Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center Children from the Child Development Center were treated to educational presentations inside the NASA Exploration Station at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex June 26. The Kennedy Space Center team made up of workers from The Boeing Company, United Space Alliance, Jacobs Technology and NASA civil service personnel were given the Silver Dol Johnson Space Center earlier than the originally requested delivery date. NASA/Jim Grossmann A technician builds up a movable launch platform for the Project Morpheus lander at the craters and hazards to avoid. For more information on Project Morpheus, click on the photo. Workers beat the heat and helped raise money during an ice cream social fundraiser sponsored by the Disability Awareness and Action Working Group (DAAWG), and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Employees and Allies Network July 23 in Room 2229 at Headquarters. Among the treats offered were root beer oats and home-made baked goods. Ice cream raises funds for DAAWG, LGBT network NASA NASA/Jim Grossmann CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 9 our students and Health, Fitness Day targets personal goals T By Brittney Longley Spaceport News By Rachel Hojnacki Spaceport News Thomas Cooper works the grill during the 2012 BEST BBQ. Betty Lee Williams, left, and Lorene Williams change out food trays during the 2012 BEST BBQ as Lisa Zuber looks on. minute massage. Other venders shown in the background are Sunseed Co-ops Marcia


Page 10 Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Employees of the Month for July are, from left, Nicole F. Dufour, Engineering and Nguyen, Safety and Mission Assurance. NASA Employees of the Month: July Looking up and ahead . All times are Eastern July 27 Mission: ISS Resupply Launch Vehicle: ISS Progress 52 Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Launch Time: TBD Description: Progress 52 will carry supplies, hardware, fuel and water to the International Space Station (ISS). Aug. 3 Mission: ISS Resupply Launch Vehicle: ISS HTV-4 Launch Site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan Launch Time: TBD Description: The HTV-4 will deliver 3.6 tons of dry cargo, water, experiments and spare parts to the International Space Station. Sept. 6 Mission: Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) Launch Vehicle: Minotaur V Launch Site: Wallops Flight Facility, Va. Launch Time: 11:27 p.m. Launch Pad: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0B Description: LADEE will gather detailed information about conditions near the surface and environmental inuences on lunar dust. A thorough understanding of these inuences will help researchers understand how future exploration may shape the lunar environment and how the environment may affect future explorers. Sept. 14 Mission: Orbital Sciences Demonstration Flight Launch Vehicle: Antares Launch Site: Wallops Flight Facility, Va. Launch Time: TBD Launch Pad: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A Description: Orbital Sciences will launch a demonstration mission to the International Space Station, testing out the Cygnus cargo vehicle as part of NASAs Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program. To watch a NASA launch online, go to http:// A NASA Spinoffs: Did You Know? For more about NASA Spinoffs, go to http:// spinoffs VAB technology continues to keep things running smooth By Kevin Ball Spaceport News