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SLC41 Vertical Integration Facility Door

On October 24, 2005, Hurricane Wilma passed through the LMA SLC-41 launch pad at Cape Canaveral. The storm damage caused a major structural failure of the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) 2870x40 ft doors. A team consisting of Nishkian Dean and Lund Engineering personnel was on site the following day to evaluate the damage. Our team developed concepts for an operating emergency door enclosure that would permit the launch in January of the Pluto New Horizons mission. This mission had a very small launch window and any delays would result in a 3 year postponement. Working in close cooperation with LMA and the contractors a new door system was designed, fabricated, installed, tested and operating in six weeks. The Pluto mission was launched on schedule.