Vehicle Assembly Building Access Platforms

RS&H completed the design and construction details for eleven new launch vehicle access platforms in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building for the new Space Launch System vehicle at the Kennedy Space Center. The platform design incorporates vertically adjustable fixed platforms with a horizontal translating platform attached and complete access around the launch vehicle through the use of insert and flip type platforms for special access.

The existing building structure was analyzed to ensure all foundations, columns, beams, connections, etc., in the load path could support the loads due to the new platforms. Constructability, operability, and maintainability were considered for the ability to relocate the platforms vertically, as well as translate/extend and retract in and out of the high bay around the launch vehicle.

Project Information

Location:
Kennedy Space Center

Client:
NASA