NASA SpaceX CRS-6 Pre-Launch Tour

After flight delays getting into Orlando last night due to thunderstorms, Sunday started as a beautiful day for the NASA Social team participating in the NASA SpaceX CRS-6 pre-launch tour.

You can see some of the pictures of my fellow NASA Social team members on this FaceBook page and I’m posting all of my pictures on SmugMug.

This morning we were treated to a tour of the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), originally built to assemble payloads including the Apollo missions on top of the Saturn 5 rocket. More recently, the VAB is where Space Shuttle flights were prepared for Kennedy Space Center launches. Here is a view from the 16th floor of the VAB, where workers might have stood preparing the shuttle for launch.

The VAB is not used for SpaceX Falcon CRS flights and is currently undergoing modifications in preparation for the upcoming NASA Space Launch System (SLS) where the Orion crew launch vehicle will see assembly on top SLS.

About Marc Hamilton

Marc Hamilton – Vice President, Solutions Architecture and Engineering, NVIDIA. At NVIDIA, the Visual Computing Company, Marc leads the worldwide Solutions Architecture and Engineering team, responsible for working with NVIDIA’s customers and partners to deliver the world’s best end to end solutions for professional visualization and design, high performance computing, and big data analytics. Prior to NVIDIA, Marc worked in the Hyperscale Business Unit within HP’s Enterprise Group where he led the HPC team for the Americas region. Marc spent 16 years at Sun Microsystems in HPC and other sales and marketing executive management roles. Marc also worked at TRW developing HPC applications for the US aerospace and defense industry. He has published a number of technical articles and is the author of the book, “Software Development, Building Reliable Systems”. Marc holds a BS degree in Math and Computer Science from UCLA, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from USC, and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management program.
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