Space Shuttle

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 6, Pg. 64-65

Document Type: Feature article


In modifying the decade-old Apollo man-to-the-moon launch facilities at Cape Kennedy, FL, for the forthcoming Space Shuttle mission NASA and contractors made two major innovations: To shortcut launch preparation time, they built a huge swing-away Rotating Service Structure weighing 2,100 tons. And they conceived a sound-suppression water system cutting takeoff noise by flooding the area with water sprays. The article also describes the Space Shuttle mission as a whole — why it is being undertaken, why the Shuttle looks so different from previous rocket systems and a few of the missions it will perform.

Subject Headings: Aircraft and spacecraft

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