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Vehicle Assembly Building

Kennedy Space Center
Cape Canaveral FL United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count40
Building Uses
 - factory
 - hangar
 - mechanical
 - science
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - atrium
Architectural Style
 - modern
 - steel
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof525 ft
Bay doors456 ft

architect: Max Urbahn Associates

• Largest building on Earth in terms of volume.


• Previously called the Vertical Assembly Building, it was where the mammoth Saturn V rockets of the Apollo program were constructed.

• The height of the internal VAB bays limit the size of new rocket designs that can be undertaken by NASA. The new Ares V, therefore, with its RS-68 engines, is wider than it was originally planned to be because it could not be taller (the RS-68 engines use more fuel than the originally assigned SSMEs).


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