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Canal Water Pump Project Building 2311


NASA Stennis Space Center

NASA has for decades used barges to move its large spaceflight structures. Pegasus, the barge that appears in the photographs shown, was specially designed and built in 1999 to transport the giant external tanks of the space shuttles from the Louisiana shore to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on the eastern coast of Florida – a 900-mile journey that includes both inland and open-ocean waterways. Pegasus replaced Poseidon and Orion, barges that were used to carry Saturn rocket stages and hardware for the Apollo Program

The scope of work consisted of the replacement of three 25,000 GPM Turbine Pumps, piping, valves and the Motor Control Center for the pumps. The pumps fill the barge canal reservoir that is utilized for the rocket test mission. During construction, it was necessary to keep the station in operation to maintain a minimum water level for continued operation of the canal locks, canals, and test stand reservoir. To accomplish this task, a detailed sequencing plan was developed. The plan included each individual work item and was coordinated with NASA management and operations personnel prior to the start of construction. A significant portion of work was performed within confined space over water. Also included was the design and
installation of an Energy Management and Control System.

Learn more about the rich history of the Pegasus Barge here

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