Yes, I noticed that model they had off to the side of the future facility. I assume that it is an enclosed/indoor facility, although that feature I assume is absent from the model for viewability reasons. It will be very nice indeed to have the full stack upright in there. I'm sure it will be quite a challenge to get the external tank to the museum over the streets of Los Angeles, however!
This week our friends at the California Science Center opened up Endeavour, climbing through the hatch to reconfigure some payload bay items and repopulate the middeck with lockers seats, cargo bags, and the escape pole. Now to fill that payload bay…
It won't be a real one I believe. Earthquake requirements has a play in that
During this Thanksgiving, and profiting from a visit to a friend, I made a visit to Endeavour in her temporary exhibit in Los Angeles (just after getting off the plane, I couldn't wait ) Most of my pictures are similar to the ones already posted, but I tried to get a couple of "new" perspectives.As an aside comment, I was delighted to examine with my naked eye the tiles impact, including the slightly melted one that I could remember watching live in orbit with the OBSS' cameras, the DAT presentations and the post-flight damage assessments in L2. I have a question for someone with a fresher memory than mine about one of them, however (the one showing the red adhesive): to me, it looks like that was caused post-flight, since it doesn't appear to be burned even though it's facing the direction of motion during re-entry. I asked one of the curators, and she told me they were all caused by launch impacts (I asked her if she knew about the specific history of that one, since it was pretty different-looking from the others)- was she giving a general answer as I suspect? Of course, that doesn't detract from the formidable job these people (volunteers?) do with passion and enthusiasm, day after day, to the very numerous amount of people visiting the exhibit!In any case, here are some detailed views of the youngster orbiter in the fleet:
How do they state this will be the first operational orbiter that has the bay doors opened outside of the processing facility? First off, they are not operational orbiters (Sadly) and umm... Atlantis had her doors opened at the Exhibit location.... so..... I am not clear on how they think this??Below is what they are stating lol"This will be the first time the payload bay doors of an operational orbiter have been opened anywhere except the specialized processing facilities at the Kennedy Space Center or the Palmdale assembly facility."
I guess, the KSCVC is Kennedy Space Center property, technically.
It's funny because people keep telling the CSC that they're information is incorrect, but they keep posting that they're the first ones to do it. I don't know if this is for extra publicity or CSC is just really not paying attention at all.Quote from: Ronpur50 on 09/25/2014 08:36 PMI guess, the KSCVC is Kennedy Space Center property, technically.They said that's it's the first time the doors have been opened anywhere other than an OPF or Palmdale. KSCVC is not an OPF.
Quote from: Overflow on 09/27/2014 01:26 AMIt's funny because people keep telling the CSC that they're information is incorrect, but they keep posting that they're the first ones to do it. I don't know if this is for extra publicity or CSC is just really not paying attention at all.Quote from: Ronpur50 on 09/25/2014 08:36 PMI guess, the KSCVC is Kennedy Space Center property, technically.They said that's it's the first time the doors have been opened anywhere other than an OPF or Palmdale. KSCVC is not an OPF.Well, they are just a few miles away...lol. And I remember reading somewhere that one door would stay open after it is placed on the ET/SRB stack and thet one of the Spacehabs would be placed inside. I think it was on collectSpace.