Connies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5621 times:
Not claiming to know everything, I don't think so, as I believe the Shuttle needs a 15,000 ft runway for safety considerations. I think LAX tops out at about 11,500 or so. Might be able to do it, but you'd have to land on the button, and in a glider that's generally not advisable.
OffshoreAir From United States of America, joined May 2009, 177 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5618 times:
Quoting Connies4ever (Reply 1): Not claiming to know everything, I don't think so, as I believe the Shuttle needs a 15,000 ft runway for safety considerations. I think LAX tops out at about 11,500 or so. Might be able to do it, but you'd have to land on the button, and in a glider that's generally not advisable.
MCO is a back-up, and I believe MLB was (and maybe still is) 3rd in line for an aborted liftoff. MCO is at 12,000ft and MLB has a 10,181ft runway
Basically they picked a nice dispersal of sites under the likely flight paths of the shuttle. You don't really need two in the same place. In case of a short de-orbit burn, you need someplace further down-range (and there are several sites that are the normal down-range backups for KSC and EDW). LAX wouldn't help there either.
TheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3381 posts, RR: 30 Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5106 times:
Even CGN is sometimes referred to have been a landing site for the Shuttle...
However, I was indeed surprised that one base in Morocco was actually a landing site in the recent STS-125 mission, although this was not mentioned before the launch... It was made necessary because of the trajectory... But using LAX would seem strange, maybe for the almost impossible case that they land in Edwards and have to land at another place after de-orbit burn has already occurred...
Mayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 9629 posts, RR: 14 Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5104 times:
I can't imagine what disruption that might cause at LAX. Of course, they'd have to shut down traffic, both arriving and departing, for a little while, at least. Besides, at Edwards, you've got the place to yourself and alot of room if there's any mistakes. You don't have that luxury at LAX and what if something goes wrong during the approach? You're flying over mostly populated territory.
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