Serapid Selected to Provide Linear Motion Systems for NASA VAB Project

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sterling Heights, MI, April 22, 2014 - Serapid has been selected by Hensel Phelps Construction Company to provide linear motion systems for NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building modification project.

The $99.57 million project involves modifying High Bay 3 in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the processing of the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The work done on this contract will support Kennedy's Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program. Building on five decades of launch and processing excellence, GSDO is transforming Kennedy into a multi-user spaceport capable of accommodating a wide array of government and commercial space activities.

Serapid produced 40 LinearBeam precision motion systems for this project. The LinearBeams have a speed of 3.05m/min/10fpm, thrust Force of 14.68kN and a stroke of  10.97M/432in. The 60SG chain was treated with ferritic nitrocarburizing.

NASA is developing the heavy-lift SLS rocket to expand human presence to deep space destinations including an asteroid and Mars. The SLS will take astronauts farther into space than ever before, while engaging the U.S. aerospace workforce here at home.

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