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Vehicle Assembly Building

Seen across the water of the Launch Complex 39 turn basin, a crawler-transporter, carrying Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP) number 3 with a set of twin solid rocket boosters bolted atop, crawls out of the 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building during the second engineering analysis vibration test on the crawler and MLP. The crawler is moving at various speeds up to 1 mph in an effort to achieve vibration data gathering goals as it leaves the VAB, travels toward Launch Pad 39A and then returns.
Source: NASAPhoto Number: KSC-03PD-3166
image credits (ID:17296)

General Information

Completion: 1965

Project Type

Function / usage: Spacecraft hangar / assembly building
Material: Steel structure

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Location: Cape Canaveral, Brevard County, Florida, USA
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Technical Information


width 158 m
height 160 m
length 218 m
number of floors (above ground) 40
building volume 3 664 883 m³


structural steel 89 421 t
concrete volume 49 696 m³


building structure steel


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