KSC Shuttle Clean Room

In 1983 at the Kennedy Space Center working on the Space Shuttle. Assigned to the External Tank (ET) group, we were tasked with preparing the ET for mating with the Solid Rocket Boosters and the Orbiter. When the ET came into the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), it had been shipped in from the plant outside of New Orleans with shipping covers on many of the tubes and valves. Because of the risk of contamination, when the shipping covers were removed and the working covers were installed, it required a “clean room” environment. The technicians would construct a room using uni-strut which could take 2 to 3 hours to construct, then when the task was finished, the technicians would disassemble the room.

    • Nicholas redesigned the “room” so that by loosening just 4 bolts, the room was made to collapse and could be stored on the level where it was to be re-used. Now 2 techs could setup this room in less than 10 minutes, a 12x – 18x’s efficiency improvement.

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