Saturn V Vertical Assembly Building

Author(s): Rolla R. Jefferson
Publisher: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Publication Date: 1 August 1963
Volume: 1
Page(s): 319 - 325
ISSN (Paper): 0536-1516
DOI: 10.1109/TA.1963.4319395



This paper discusses the major problems encountered during an evaluation-concept study of a vertical assembly building for the huge Saturn V vehicle. One concept of a vertical assembly building is described with the primary problems encountered and their solutions discussed in detail. The solutions to these problems proved that this facility was feasible from both a design and construction standpoint. A vertical assembly building similar to the one described in this paper is currently being designed by an architectural-engineering firm for the Launch Operations Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cape Canaveral, Florida.