we cannot go in them when they are up on the pad. VERY few get to go inside them. But other then those people ,we are allowed around it closer than anyone else! VERY tight security and most cannot get within a mile of the pad when it is on the pad ready for a launch. We escort the astronauts up to the shuttle during the day of the launch and then the NASA engineers or whoever they are strap them in, we pull them back and the countdown is on.
NASA SWAT are not perimeter guards! LOL
they have regular security for gates, perimeters, etc. I use to be regular security with the goal to make the NASA SWAT team. It was the only reason I took a security job out at NASA. I got lucky and had some tryouts and made the team. we (SWAT) have pretty much the run of the place where we want to go. Helo flights, 4 wheelers, beach sweeps, and astronaut protection, VIP's during the launches among other things.
it is a blast! Fun job i must say!
Last edited by 10R-rugger; 07-25-2006 at 11:38 PM.