CLIENT

United Launch Alliance (ULA)

DESCRIPTION

Launch Complex 41 Modifications

SERVICES

Civil
Mechanical & Electrical
Fire Protection
Environmental

LOCATION

Kennedy Space Center, Florida

YEAR

2021

CONSTRUCTION COST

$90 million

PROJECT PARTNERS

IMEG Corporation
Hensel Phelps

Engineering & Design of New Vulcan Launch Site Infrastructure

Our team designed and constructed new propellant and acoustical suppression water systems, including civil, electrical, communications, fire alarm, fire protection, fixed water spray, storage vessel layout, environmental, and process piping design for United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan vehicle launch site.

Site modifications included a new liquid natural gas cryogenic fuel fill, storage, and distribution system; modifications to existing liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen systems; and modifications to the acoustic suppression water system on an active launch site.

We completed initial engineering trade studies and analyses to determine the storage area configurations and tank placements, providing several options and conceptual layouts based on initial client and stakeholder requirements.

We also performed thermal simulations on cryogenic vacuum jacketed and mechanically insulated vent pipes, designing pipe supports to adhere to allowable stress and displacements caused by thermal contraction. Our detailed 3D model, which incorporated site 3D scans and point clouds, accurately depicted each pipe route and adhered to strict slope requirements, ensuring highly-detailed shop drawings.

In addition, our team provided requests for information and submittal reviews for each system during construction and conducted site visits to resolve possible issues before they arose.