RED HUBER, ORLANDO SENTINEL
After the used solid-rocket boosters were hauled from the sea, United Space Alliance senior engineer Manuel deLeon and his team took them apart and shipped the motors and fuel-storage portions to Utah to be rebuilt and refueled. The rest including the top part of the rocket, the skirts and parachute system was stripped to bare metal, tested, tweaked and inspected. Then, after the motor segments returned from Utah, everything was repainted and restacked as 149-foot-tall rockets for another launch. "It's always an impressive thing to see the shiny, new, ready-to-fly rocket," said deLeon, 53. "But the real telling of the process, that everything has gone together, is at liftoff."