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RollaStep: Meeting the Stringent Standards of Space Travel

Discover how the custom RollaStep MP work platform at Kennedy Space Center supports complex, mission-critical projects.

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By Richard Kline
Jul 02, 2024
Estimated 3 minute read

This custom RollaStep MP work platform at Kennedy Space Center illustrates how RollaStep is trusted in supporting complex and mission-critical projects. Its design, compliance with safety standards, and ease of use make it an invaluable tool in aerospace and other industrial applications. Whether for space missions or everyday industrial tasks, RollaStep ensures that safety and efficiency are never compromised.

In this image, the Boeing Starliner spacecraft is situated in its Processing Facility (C3PF) at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. This marks the spacecraft’s return to its Florida base following its launch and landing in December 2019. Boeing technicians utilized the RollaStep MP Series Mobile Work Platform for assembly and mission preparation, which is critical in ensuring both safety and efficiency in the process, for both workers and in protecting the spacecraft.

Customized RollaStep MP Series for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

The RollaStep MP Series can be adapted to any project, making it a key asset in the Boeing CST-100 Starliner assembly. This advanced space capsule, capable of carrying up to seven passengers to the International Space Station, requires careful assembly and testing. The RollaStep MP Series provided access to various components of the spacecraft, such as the upper dome, lower dome, and docking hatch, ensuring that each part was outfitted with precision.

Features of the RollaStep MP Series

  • Highly Mobile Work Platform: Designed to combine the stability of a fixed platform with the mobility of a rolling unit, the MP Series features a large work platform area to safely accommodate multiple operators, equipment, and parts.
  • Aggressive Non-Slip Surface: Ensures safety for operators working at various heights.
  • Durable Powder-Coated Finish: Enhances the longevity of the platform, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Full-Size Handrails and Toe Boards: Meets OSHA compliance standards, with 42″ handrails and mid-rails ensuring operator safety.
  • Versatility and Configurability: Optional removable handrails allow the platform to be reconfigured quickly without tools. This feature is particularly useful for gaining full access to the space capsule.
  • Ease of Mobility: The platform can be moved effortlessly by a single person. The 360° swiveling casters ensure precise positioning, and the locking casters prevent unwanted movement.

Supporting NASA’s Mission

The use of the RollaStep MP Series at the Kennedy Space Center underscores its versatility and reliability. This mobile work platform was integral in accessing hard-to-reach areas of the Starliner, facilitating the installation of wiring harnesses, avionics, and other critical systems. Its robust design and ease of mobility made it possible for Boeing technicians to maintain the highest standards of safety and efficiency.

RollaStep’s dedication to safety and quality aligns with NASA and Boeing’s stringent standards for space travel. The MP Series’ ability to provide a secure and stable work environment ensured that every component of the CST-100 Starliner was assembled with the utmost precision, contributing to the success of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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Tom provides OSHA-compliant prefabricated solutions including Universal Platforms, Platform Handrails, Safety Stairs, Ladder Units, and Tower Supports. At ErectaStep, recognized as the world’s largest safety stair manufacturer, he contributes to delivering faster and simpler alternatives to custom fabrication. Tom's role encompasses offering the YellowGate, and RollaStep mobile work platforms for customizable solutions, ensuring safe and efficient access across various industries and applications.