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Atlantis Ferry Flight Back To KSC May/June 2009  
User currently offlineSKGSJULAX From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 84 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5214 times:
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Is there a way to find out in advance when the 747SCA and Atlantis will be heading back to Florida from Edwards? Is there a location where the take-off can be viewed from? This might be the last time a shuttle leaves Edwards on the SCA and I 'd like to take the kids to see it.


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User currently offlineTrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5161 times:

Generally the time on that is about 7 days, but the weather here in KSC has been lousy. The guys I talked to at the OPF Tuesday said they were expecting it in about 8-10 days unless something came up that they were not aware of.

User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 4964 times:

Anyone got any info on the routing of the flight. A southerly flight is possible, but a northern routing is alos a possiblity.


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User currently offlineSNA350 From Belgium, joined Dec 2005, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4734 times:

Atlantis arrived at Biggs Texas.
possibly going to Dyess TX or Altus Oklahoma after this nightstop

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2009/...et-foam-liberation-event-reviewed/



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4679 times:

So it is scheduled to land around 6pm today at KSC? Does anyone know of a good place to view it coming in from? I know you can't get 'close' but is there a reasonable chance of getting a peek of it coming in on final?


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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

Dang, it made a surprise stop right here in San Antonio! Left about 15 min ago. I could have seen it, but I missed it! Will probably never come through here again  Sad

Next stop is Columbus AFB, MS around 1:30pm



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4593 times:

Just got back from seeing it land, awesome! Took my girlfriend down and it was both our first times. Was on Playalinda Beach Blvd. on the north side just north of the approach end of runway 15 along with several others who had gathered. Got there just as the C-9 Pathfinder was on final. A short time later the T-38 came in and then we saw the SCA coming down the river. He went south to Sebastian, came back did a flyby and came out over us, did a teardrop turn and landed. It was spectacular!

http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/6884/scaclosewithtrees.png

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/1297/scaside.png



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10907 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4432 times:

I saw a Space Shuttle flying piggyback on a 747-200 at the Paris Air Show.
This is a long time ago in 1983. I think the Shuttle they took to Paris was Enterprise.
Wasn't this the first Space Shuttle?

They must have made several stops from where they came on their way to Paris Le Bourget. They were quite a sight and probably quite a heavy pair!  airplane   airplane 



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4426 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
I saw a Space Shuttle flying piggyback on a 747-200 at the Paris Air Show.
This is a long time ago in 1983. I think the Shuttle they took to Paris was Enterprise.
Wasn't this the first Space Shuttle?

They are 747-100's and yes the Enterprise was the first shuttle, but not a fully functional shuttle as it was never intended to go into space. It was used for drop tests to glide back to the runway to try out the handling chararcteristics and for all the ground handling and other hardware test-to-fit scenarios.



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4338 times:
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Some of the ferry crew posted a blog.... neat stuff...

http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/shuttleferry



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21699 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4192 times:

So this thought occurred to me today:

What happens to the fairing that goes over the orbiter's engines? Is it stored at KSC or EDW (I'd imagine EDW)? And how does it get back to EDW from KSC? Is it flown (and if so, on what)? Trucked?

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User currently offlineTPA36R From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4156 times:



Quoting Mir (Reply 10):
What happens to the fairing that goes over the orbiter's engines? Is it stored at KSC or EDW (I'd imagine EDW)? And how does it get back to EDW from KSC? Is it flown (and if so, on what)? Trucked?

Wow, talking about weird. I was thinking the exact same thing when I opened this thread. They would have to store them at alternate landing sites to be prepared for such a ferry wouldnt they? Atleast at EDW anyway...


User currently offlineRwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2368 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4138 times:
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Quoting Mir (Reply 10):
What happens to the fairing that goes over the orbiter's engines? Is it stored at KSC or EDW (I'd imagine EDW)? And how does it get back to EDW from KSC? Is it flown (and if so, on what)? Trucked?

Interesting question. Some speculation:

If they take the bubbles for the OMS pods and the top off (both of which look fairly removable), it looks like the fairing would fit in a C-5. It's not particularly heavy (about 10,000lbs), just bulky. NASA does usually have a C-5 floating around when the retrieve the shuttle from Edwards.

It might also break down into smaller pieces.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21699 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4115 times:



Quoting TPA36R (Reply 11):
They would have to store them at alternate landing sites to be prepared for such a ferry wouldnt they?

Not necessarily. If they store it at KSC, then they ship it out to wherever the shuttle has landed, and then the shuttle brings it back to KSC on the SCA. Or, they store it at EDW, and have to get it back out to EDW after the shuttle comes to KSC.

-Mir



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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4087 times:

Man oh man oh MAN I am upset that I missed seeing it at Columbus AFB on June 2! I didn't know about it landing here until the day after.

User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4086 times:

Haha I love this quote from the ferry flight blog:

Quote:
Southerners sure know how to make a shuttle team feel appreciated.

We made our final fuel stop of the trip at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Mississippi. We arrived here to a very warm reception. As we were landing I looked out the window of the C-9 and saw a long line of cars parked along the road with people waiting to see Atlantis come in. They tell me that some of the people were even tailgating! That's the way to do it right.

Sounds like MSU fans to me.    I just wished I'd been one of them.

[Edited 2009-06-10 23:56:13]

User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2453 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4066 times:



Quoting Rwessel (Reply 12):
It might also break down into smaller pieces.

IIRC, this is the case. The entire fairing breaks down but I have no idea how it is transported.



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4054 times:



Quoting Rwessel (Reply 12):
NASA does usually have a C-5 floating around when the retrieve the shuttle from Edwards.

If you type in Titusville and look at KSC on Mapquest, zoom in on the Mate DeMate device tarmac pad and you'll see a C-5 sitting there. Just thought that was interesting.



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