Vehicle Assembly Building--High Bay and Low Bay (NRIS 99001642)
NASA, John F. Kennedy Space Center,
Kennedy Space Center,
FL. County/parish: Brevard.
2 contributing buildings.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places
January 21, 2000.
Part of John F. Kennedy Space Center MPS
Also known as:
- Vehicle Assembly Building
- The Vehicle (originally Vertical) Assembly Building, or VAB, is the large building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), designed to assemble the large pre-manufactured space vehicle components, such as the massive Saturn V and the Space Shuttle; and stack them vertically onto the Mobile Launch Platform and crawler transporter. The future Space Launch System (SLS) will also be assembled there.
At 3,664,883 cubic meters (129,428,000 cubic feet) it is one of the largest buildings in the world by volume. The building is at Launch Complex 39 at KSC, halfway between Jacksonville and Miami, and due east of Orlando on Merritt Island on the Atlantic coast of Florida.The VAB is the largest single-story building in the world, was the tallest building (160.3 meters, 526 ft) in Florida until 1974, and is still the tallest building in the United States outside an urban area. (read more...)
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/99001642