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Space Shuttle Journey To The Launchpad  
User currently offlinealasdair1982 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2008, 468 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4203 times:

Ok, so I see the launch I was hoping to witness on March 18th has now been postponed to April 5th. But my question is this, how far in advance is the shuttle moved out to the launch site? I wonder if it would possible just to see it at the launch site on March 18th or 19th instead?

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User currently offlineBEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 950 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4168 times:
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Quoting alasdair1982 (Thread starter):
I wonder if it would possible just to see it at the launch site on March 18th or 19th instead?

It's usually rolled out about a month in advance, so it should be on the pad at that time.

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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4155 times:

Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 1):
It's usually rolled out about a month in advance, so it should be on the pad at that time.

Yes unless there is severe weather or a major maintanance problem I believe this is true, and those same problems can get it rolled back into the VAB even if its made it out to the pad.



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User currently offlineBEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 950 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4137 times:
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Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 2):
Yes unless there is severe weather or a major maintanance problem I believe this is true, and those same problems can get it rolled back into the VAB even if its made it out to the pad.

Keyword in my post was "usually". Things can happen, that's true.

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Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4048 times:

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User currently offlineweb500sjc From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 734 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4030 times:
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The space shuttle is rolled out to the pad about a month early mostly empty, no payload and just the SRBs are fueled. once it is on the pad it will normally stay there until launch, most of the time the Rotating Service Structure will be covering the shuttle form weather. at the pad the load the payload on through the RSS and then 12h before launch they start loading it up with liquid fuel.

What I am trying to say is the shuttle will stay out on the pad once it is put out there, it normaly takes 8 hours to park it out ther, and then 4 hours to pull the Crawler back once the Moblie Launch Pad is locked in place, so in all to move the shuttle to a launch pad will require atleast 12 hours. It makes leaving the shuttle out on the pad much more likely.



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