Author Topic: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage  (Read 168335 times)

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Here's a video my mother took as Endeavour was leaving FWNAS. And that's me reminding her of the ship's name...




Great video and your Mum is cool!
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #481 on: 12/11/2008 10:27 pm »
I realize these are a bit late to the party, but here are a few of my shots from today's flyover of JSC.

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Wow, those are amazing Robert. Best ones yet.
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #483 on: 12/11/2008 10:36 pm »
Mojave Skies blog with shots of Dryden departure:
http://mojaveskies.blogspot.com/2008/12/godspeed-endeavour.html

Bill Hartenstein's pix of Dryden departure...hadn't checked for a while and he has pix of the landing and launch, too!
http://www.ktb.net/~billmeco/sts126SCA911.html
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #484 on: 12/11/2008 11:18 pm »
Sorry if this has already been asked, but is the orbiter piloted in case of any kind of abort mode?

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #485 on: 12/11/2008 11:20 pm »
You mean "is there someone up in the orbiter during carried flight?" If that's your question -- answer = no.

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #486 on: 12/11/2008 11:20 pm »
Sorry if this has already been asked, but is the orbiter piloted in case of any kind of abort mode?
No. The orbiter is unpowered during the entire ferry flight.
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #487 on: 12/11/2008 11:25 pm »
Mojave Skies blog with shots of Dryden departure:
http://mojaveskies.blogspot.com/2008/12/godspeed-endeavour.html

Bill Hartenstein's pix of Dryden departure...hadn't checked for a while and he has pix of the landing and launch, too!
http://www.ktb.net/~billmeco/sts126SCA911.html


Thanks for posting the links - awesome photos!

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #488 on: 12/11/2008 11:26 pm »
I realize these are a bit late to the party, but here are a few of my shots from today's flyover of JSC.

Nice shots Robert. Any chance you'll get to see the "hall of humor" this time around???

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #489 on: 12/11/2008 11:31 pm »
DaveS

I realize the orbiter is un-powered as it is on re-entry but they must have studied failure modes where the carrier aircraft (747) would have a problem which would require the orbiter to separate similar to the original flight tests? I guess at the heart of my question is whether abort modes for cross country flights were studied in order to preserve the Shuttle should a unrecoverable error occur on the 747, anyone know?

It is after all for all intensive purpose a national treasure.

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #490 on: 12/11/2008 11:39 pm »
DaveS

I realize the orbiter is un-powered as it is on re-entry but they must have studied failure modes where the carrier aircraft (747) would have a problem which would require the orbiter to separate similar to the original flight tests? I guess at the heart of my question is whether abort modes for cross country flights were studied in order to preserve the Shuttle should a unrecoverable error occur on the 747, anyone know?

It is after all for all intensive purpose a national treasure.


The Shuttle cannot separate, there are not explosive bolts to separate and the nose attach point is in the wrong configuration Two of the thousands of reasons.

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #491 on: 12/11/2008 11:43 pm »
Any chance you'll get to see the "hall of humor" this time around???

I hadn't put in a request or planned an article to justify such, so probably not. However, I do have an idea for a future revisit to that hallway...

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #492 on: 12/11/2008 11:52 pm »
I realize these are a bit late to the party, but here are a few of my shots from today's flyover of JSC.

Better late than never.  Thank you, Robert.  You've taken some amazing shots.  Putting the first one as my desktop!
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #493 on: 12/11/2008 11:55 pm »
I realize the orbiter is un-powered as it is on re-entry
I'm talking about electrically. They have removed all the cryos that are used as reactants for the three fuel cells. No cryo reactants, no power from the fuel cells.

And there's no umbilicals between the SCA and the orbiter.
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #494 on: 12/12/2008 01:14 am »
Here's some of my shots from during my mini-reporting session today. Crowds, lining up for takeoff, and rolling down the runway.








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Nice work Bodge. Remember, attaching the images, rather than embedding them, will allow for the full size/res of the images.
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #497 on: 12/12/2008 03:30 am »

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #498 on: 12/12/2008 09:58 am »
Totally out of the timeline of this thread and coverage, but check out this lowly viewed youtube video. Awesome sound and a great shot of her punching through clouds.

Check out the kid shouting "Go USA!" whilst being shook by the SRBs.


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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #499 on: 12/12/2008 09:58 am »
Great thread!

Hi Guys,

I guess we are looking towards an afternoon arrival at KSC,today? Is that the right info?

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