Will SSP T&R funds be used to replace componentry onto ET-94?
The changes from Sept 2012 until May 2015 are marked. That has to be a record amount of time for the ET's TPS to be exposed to the UV and other environmental factors.
NASA gives California Science Center museum last remaining space shuttle fuel tank...At about 66,000 pounds, it is less than half the weight of Endeavour.The fuel tank will come to California the same way it was shipped to Kennedy Space Center in Florida — by barge. It will start a journey of 30 to 45 days at sea from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where the fuel tanks were built by Lockheed Martin, and pass through the Panama Canal, ending up in Marina del Rey.Then it will begin a daylong journey through the streets of Southern California to get to the Science Center near downtown Los Angeles....Once the external tank arrives at the Science Center, it will be stored horizontally in a temporary fabric building just north of the temporary home of Endeavour. The museum is hoping to have a transparent section of fabric that will allow visitors to peer at the tank from the outside.http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-space-shuttle-20150528-story.html
Did I miss the boosters? Where are they getting authentic SRBs?
Quote from: Lee Jay on 05/29/2015 06:06 PMDid I miss the boosters? Where are they getting authentic SRBs?From the former ET/SRB display at the KSC Visitor Center entrance. As I understand it, the booster segments were "real" (Static Test Articles?) but the aft skirts were not (fiberglass?). So it remains to be seen how they will put the whole thing together. I can't imagine you'd want the stack assembled as it would really have been. I envision cutting into the tank somehow and having an internal, steel truss bear the Orbiter load at the attachment points. How long could the thin LH2 tank aluminum reliably carry the Orbiter and be safe in a seismic event?
THAT is what I'm interested about.
Quote from: Overflow on 06/01/2015 05:29 PMTHAT is what I'm interested about.CSC have also said they're going to "stack" it horizontally and raise it to vertical, which makes me think even more that there has to be a strongback inside the tank. I don't think an ET will hold an Orbiter in the horizontal. To put it another way, how much weight can you stack on the side of a beer can versus on the top of it?
I can't help but wonder if CSC truly understands what they plan on doing... Or are just speaking words.
What are the other structures in storage in the picture?