KSC Shuttle Clean Room

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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…
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KSC Shuttle Parts

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1984 at KSC, writing out the parts tags for hardware that was taken off of the ET was a time consuming task, taking Techs and Quality Control personnel about 2 hours to hand write out all of these tags. Working with a friend in another division that used a Wang word processor, Nicholas and his friend were able to produce 9 sets of these parts tags in just 15 minutes, a savings of almost 18 hours, a 72x's improvement. Download Brochure
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