alasdair1982
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Space Shuttle Journey To The Launchpad

Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:52 pm

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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RE: Space Shuttle Journey To The Launchpad

Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:05 am

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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RE: Space Shuttle Journey To The Launchpad

Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:07 am

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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RE: Space Shuttle Journey To The Launchpad

Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:15 am

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.

For the details on everything regarding the Space Shuttle...
http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/...nology/sts-newsref/stsref-toc.html

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RE: Space Shuttle Journey To The Launchpad

Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:54 pm

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RE: Space Shuttle Journey To The Launchpad

Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:28 pm

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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