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Official Nasa Last Ferry Flight Plan Released  
User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1300 posts, RR: 25
Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9869 times:
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This will be the final time a space shuttle orbiter will be ferried. Cleared for public release:

OFFICIAL NOW:

In cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, the SCA is scheduled to conduct low-level flyovers at about 1,500 feet above locations along the planned flight path. The exact timing and path of the ferry flight will depend on weather conditions and operational constraints. Some planned flyovers or stopovers could be delayed or
cancelled. If the ferry flight must be postponed for any reason, an additional advisory will be issued.

At sunrise on Sept. 17, the SCA and Endeavour will depart Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility and perform a flyover of various areas of the Space Coast, including Kennedy, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base.

The aircraft will fly west and conduct low flyovers of NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. As it arrives over the Texas Gulf Coast area, the SCA will perform low flyovers above various areas of Houston, Clear Lake and Galveston before landing at Ellington Field near NASA's Johnson Space Center. Weather permitting, the SCA and Endeavour will stay at Ellington the remainder of Sept. 17 and all day Sept. 18.

At sunrise on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the aircraft will depart Houston, make a refueling stop at Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas, and conduct low-level flyovers of White Sands Test Facility near Las Cruces, N.M., and NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California, before landing around midday at Dryden.

On the morning of Sept. 20, the SCA and Endeavour will take off from Dryden and perform a low-level flyover of northern California,passing near NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and various landmarks in multiple cities, including San Francisco and Sacramento. The aircraft also will conduct a flyover of many Los Angeles sites before landing about 11 a.m. PDT at LAX

[Edited 2012-09-07 09:45:12]


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User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5051 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9810 times:

Does anyone know of the plane at Ellington? Is there any decent viewing area? Will they open to the public for this? With them being there for a whole day I would think they'd allow some sort of public viewing. I'm also wondering about watching the landing/takeoff there.

Or what about Dryden? Any chance of a public view of the landing there?

Bruce



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9741 times:

I will be there at the KSC Visitors Center to watch this one, just as I was for the last one. Can't wait.


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User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9937 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9675 times:
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I took the 20th off from work, and will either be at LAX, or somewhere else to take some photos (depending on where else they are overflying).

I've never seen the shuttle + SCA (actually never seen the shuttle flying/rocketing at all), so very excited!!



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9441 times:

eksath any idea, roughly, on what time it will take off? 7am ish like last time?

As it turns out I'm doing photos at Titusville HS (right across the river, literally) that morning but I'm going to try and finnangle my way out of whatever time slot its leaving to get across the river and grab my shots... so as soon as you know more details about the departure time from KSC let us know please, and thank you!



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1300 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 9405 times:
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Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 4):
eksath any idea, roughly, on what time it will take off? 7am ish like last time?

As it turns out I'm doing photos at Titusville HS (right across the river, literally) that morning but I'm going to try and finnangle my way out of whatever time slot its leaving to get across the river and grab my shots... so as soon as you know more details about the departure time from KSC let us know please, and thank you!

Current schedule is 0715H wheels up. Sunrise is 0709H. The SCA is cleared to go beginning 20 minutes before Sunrise (if i remember correctly).

She will be going to do the same tour as the last time and come back for one final pass (the last time i checked). It takes about 20 minutes so there should be good sun for the final pass. However, clouds in the east could interfere. The clouds did help me get this though so I cannot complain  
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Photo © Suresh A. Atapattu



I hope they let the sun climb a bit before she rolls. I have been making my case for it to those who have something to say about it.



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 9370 times:

Quoting eksath (Reply 5):

Okay thank you. On the radio today they mentioned 7am during an advertisement for the event.. but I take it with a grain of salt. As the day gets closer if you can confirm the actual time (since I will have to modify my work schedule hopefully) please let us know.

And great photo you have there, as always.



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User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5051 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9241 times:

What's the contingency plan if it can't leave KSC on time due to wx? Do they cut short the Houston stop to keep it on time or just slide the time back? I've noticed that most SCA/Orbiter flights leave at dawn - would they leave later in the day or put it off for Tuesday?

Bruce



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User currently offlineB-787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 273 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 9140 times:

Well maybe NYC could be in question, but all the Orbiters were built in the LA area.


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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1300 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 9033 times:
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Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 6):
As the day gets closer if you can confirm the actual time (since I will have to modify my work schedule hopefully) please let us know.

I would keep the window 0700H- 0800H open as off now. I see a wheels up time of 0730 as a target currently.

Quoting Bruce (Reply 7):
What's the contingency plan if it can't leave KSC on time due to wx?

Weather at KSC, weather along the route and weather at EFD will be evaluated before launching. If any one of those three out of limits, she will sit on the ground.

Quoting Bruce (Reply 7):
Do they cut short the Houston stop to keep it on time or just slide the time back?

Very low probability.

Quoting Bruce (Reply 7):
I've noticed that most SCA/Orbiter flights leave at dawn - would they leave later in the day or put it off for Tuesday?

Weather in FL goes downhill in the afternoon usually. Sunrise departure is to take advantage of the calm weather. Again, she will go if the weather is clear at KTTS,along the route and EFD.


I post updates when i can, hopefully i can post from my phone on here when at KTTS. I have not tried it before.



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1300 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 9026 times:
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I shot this picture below as she rolled into the MDD yesterday. More can be seen here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/suresh_atapattu/7988231019/in/photostream

http://www.atapattu.net/endeavourdeparture/4A6U8540SEndeavour_sca_MDD966.jpg



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1300 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8963 times:
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weather for the flight to Texas is marginal as off current forecast. 5am Monday morning weather briefing will be decision time for go/no go.


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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8959 times:

There was talk about the ferry flight flying over MCO and Disney on its way out west. I can't see anything officially posted anywhere. The theme parks aren't really open that early, so Disney doesn't make sense unless it is just a photo op to get it with the Castle behind it or something.

User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1300 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8873 times:
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Monday is no-go. Weather in Texas has caused a 24 hr delay. The EFD stop looses a day.

[Edited 2012-09-16 13:04:35]


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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8852 times:

Quoting eksath (Reply 13):
Monday is no-go. Weather in Texas has caused a 24 hr delay. The EFD stop looses a day.

So because of weather in Texas, it doesn't leave Florida until Tuesday... gee nice - now I can't go see it because I work Tuesday morning.


User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9937 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8820 times:
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Quoting eksath (Reply 13):
Monday is no-go. Weather in Texas has caused a 24 hr delay. The EFD stop looses a day.

Does that mean it gets to LAX a day later?

Truly bummed if that's the case....

EDIT: Never mind, I answered my own question:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49055752/ns/technology_and_science-space/

Low flyovers are still planned along Cape Canaveral and at NASA facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi. A stop in Houston will be shortened to one day.

Endeavour is expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Thursday for its eventual installation at the California Science Center. Endeavour is the second of NASA's three retired shuttles to head to a museum. Discovery landed at the Smithsonian Institution's display hangar in Virginia last spring. Atlantis will remain at Kennedy.


[Edited 2012-09-16 18:18:40]


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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6417 posts, RR: 38
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8772 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 15):

Good to see it still on schedule for the 20th.. I'd be more bummed than you!



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1300 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8743 times:
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Just a heads up for those of you who plan to take leave and travel.

Looking ahead (this is not official), the forecast has conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday, that makes me feel less than optimistic for the KSC departure. Thursday looks good currently.

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/...uery=KTTS&yday=261&weekday=Tuesday

The mission planners are cautious and will not succumb to schedule pressure hence will hold for the best weather for takeoff,along the route and at the destination.



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User currently offlinen92r03 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 339 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 8677 times:

At least Wednesday now...

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news...012/9/17/shuttle_endeavour_de.html


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 8652 times:

Quoting n92r03 (Reply 18):
At least Wednesday now...

Hope it stays Wednesday, I'm off that day and if it goes then I will be there for sure. Fingers crossed...



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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8580 times:

I hope it waits until Friday now - thats my next day off and I am going out there for the Cocoa Beach Airshow practice. That would be an awesome addition to the airshow.

User currently offlinemichiganatc From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 8529 times:

Friday arrival at LAX now, per NASA. Update at 11am ET Tuesday.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html


User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9937 posts, RR: 26
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8496 times:
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Quoting michiganatc (Reply 21):
Friday arrival at LAX now, per NASA. Update at 11am ET Tuesday.

Luckily, my employer allowed me to change my vacation day, so I'll hopefully still get to see it.

Word of warning for those who are going to LAX: there are temporary No Parking signs all along Imperial Ave. for Thursday between 9 AM and 3 PM (I assume those will be changed to Friday now). So you'll have to park somewhere and walk. I'll check tonight, probably, to see if other streets in El Segundo also have signs.



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User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8454 times:

Do we yet know the arrival time at LAX on Friday? It was supposed to be 11AM on Thurs. but Thursday isn't happening anymore so I figure 11AM might not be either. Or do we have to wait on the weather briefing tomorrow mentioned in the NASA announcement?

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3077 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8453 times:

http://twitter.com/NASAAmes

Scheduled now for 7:15am EDT departure Wed, 9/19

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NASA905



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25 Newark727 : This link is showing me the wrong flight right now, it doesn't have anything scheduled yet, only a completed flight from I guess last week.
26 eksath : She will most likely not use the NASA905 callsign. She did not use it on the last ferry flight.
27 Silver1SWA : Awesome. I'm off Thursday but have to work Friday. Yeah, that's my kind of luck. Funny, the cancelations and delays that plagued shuttle launches were
28 Post contains images 71Zulu : I realize that but if and when they file the flight plan under NASA 905, this link will show "scheduled" and then the live flight, no other way to po
29 vikkyvik : Dude! Call in sick or something! I never got to see the shuttle fly either, and I'm determined to see it Friday. Hell, I haven't even finished the 90
30 NASCARAirforce : I heard information from GOAA management that it is supposed to fly over MCO (not sure how low) and Disney as well as MacDill AFB and Tampa before hea
31 boeing767mech : Funny thing is I'm going to work that day to watch it land, but I don't work until that night so I won't be getting any sleep. Since my office (AA Su
32 HaveBlue : I'll be leaving in 5 hours to see it take off. Pics to come!
33 N92r03 : Just announced on NASA TV that weather permitting it will fly over MCO and Disney... No mention of TPA or MacDill.
34 71Zulu : It flew over Michoud Assembly and New Orleans this morning about an hour ago, bummer that no FA tracking was available, and it did use the call sign o
35 mke717spotter : Looks like its going to be flying over Tucson sometime around noon tomorrow! Its supposed to be a tribute to former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords a
36 crownvic : what was the DC-9 that flew in formation with it??? ooops nevermind saw it was the C-9 on another thread[Edited 2012-09-20 05:44:59]
37 Post contains links 71Zulu : Can't track the 747 but this is one of the T38 escorts http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N...0/history/20120920/1336Z/KEFD/KELP
38 4holer : Except that it flew at 36,000 feet? Odd. Edit: And, the shuttle flight landed at Ft. Bliss/Biggs, not ELP.[Edited 2012-09-20 09:01:20]
39 bonusonus : So at LAX, is it going to be landing on 25L? is that official? I don't want to miss the photo op because I'm at the wrong place
40 71Zulu : I noticed that after I posted. The SCA flies much lower right?
41 eksath : Beneath 15K. The standard procedure due to the orbiter systems having fluids on board for ferry flight and being unpowered i.e. no heating systems on
42 Post contains links and images mke717spotter : I managed to get some decent pics of Endeavor as it flew over Tucson today! They were saying is was going to fly right over the center of campus, but
43 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : via Twitter a very good picture of the Endeavour/SCA combo flying over Phoenix https://twitter.com/wxphx/status/248856132662214656/photo/1 over Tucson
44 4holer : Please tell me it didn't fly over PHX! I went out to look for 40 minutes and didn't see it(no online tracking) and finally gave up and went in becaus
45 Post contains links rightrudder : I like this youtube video from the chase plane over Houston. The hashtag #ov105 is finding some real great video and pictures on twitter. Thanks for t
46 Post contains links and images Longhornmaniac : Not my pictures, but here's some photos of it in Austin today (I had no idea this was happening): And the best: Cheers, Cameron
47 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : For those not in California there is a continuous live feed of Endeavour's final flight atop the SCA here - coverage goes on and off with NASA TV http
48 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Oak tower just said they expect #ol105 to flyover oak at about 10.20 http://www.liveatc.net/flisten.php?mount=koak&icao=koak live stream of moffet
49 Post contains images rightrudder : [Edited 2012-09-21 17:53:25]
50 eksath : If you guys have anymore pictures from the ferry flight, I would be interested in seeing it from your vantage point. Thanks Suresh
51 Post contains links and images JeffSFO : Here you go: Thank you, Endeavour by JeffSFO, on Flickr Sorry to see you go by JeffSFO, on Flickr Endeavour and Sutro Tower by JeffSFO, on Flickr
52 eksath : Thank you! Nice captures with the bridge! Suresh
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