Engineering a tilted, hanging Space Shuttle

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA - The BRPH logo has been seen in all the usual places over the years – newspapers, signs, promotional items – but last month it was placed in an extremely unique spot.

As part of our structural work on the new orbiter exhibit at Kennedy Space Center, BRPH magnets were placed on the support beams holding a 165,000 pound, 43 degree tilted Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Although the shuttle now rest in a titled position, it wasn't an easy feat to get it that way. Our structural team had to plan how to transport it to the Visitor's Complex, how to get it off the transporter, how to lift it 30 feet in the air and ultimately how to tilt it.

Crews continue to work on the exhibit before the attraction opens to the public later this year.

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