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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #520 on: 12/12/2008 02:52 pm »
Let's see if I can get this right using an attachment..

Here's a photo of two F-16's taking off with the SCA/Shuttle in the background from Fort Worth yesterday. It sort of looks like they're making a run on the stack - pew pew pew!


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Let's see if I can get this right using an attachment..



You've got it :) Now it doesn't affect loading times, and you can click the image for full size. Job done ;)
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #522 on: 12/12/2008 03:05 pm »
Let's see if I can get this right using an attachment..

Here's a photo of two F-16's taking off with the SCA/Shuttle in the background from Fort Worth yesterday. It sort of looks like they're making a run on the stack - pew pew pew!



strafing run?? nahh... more like the shuttle/SCA looking at the F-16's and thinking - "don't worry boys, one day you will grow up too".. :)
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #523 on: 12/12/2008 03:06 pm »
Bodge - your pics are superb.

Well done and thanks again for the coverage!
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #524 on: 12/12/2008 03:08 pm »
It bugs about the flight plan on a clear day.

other routes allowed the country to see and today they want to fly the coast line.

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Sure.  And the route also passes pretty close to MAF and Stennis.  Might be nice for the people that make these machines go to get a rare look, as was done for JSC yesterday.


That was my first thought when I so the southern coast route.  It would be nice if they could do a fly around MAF for the people to see.  Problem, this is a longer flight (816 miles) and may be close to the Max for a flight.
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #525 on: 12/12/2008 03:14 pm »

Looks to me like Orlando, FL is gonna get a look at it too, by the kink in the flight path at the end.

I would guess the landing will be to the north with the winds, but who knows.  It would be usefull to know where to set up to watch the approach.

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #526 on: 12/12/2008 03:19 pm »
That was my first thought when I so the southern coast route.  It would be nice if they could do a fly around MAF for the people to see.  Problem, this is a longer flight (816 miles) and may be close to the Max for a flight.
Good point.  It would be interesting to know what the range is for this configuration.  Last ferry flew from Dryden to Amarillo, over 900 miles; however, this is a heavier orbiter.

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #527 on: 12/12/2008 03:19 pm »
It bugs about the flight plan on a clear day.

other routes allowed the country to see and today they want to fly the coast line.

bah hum bug
Sure.  And the route also passes pretty close to MAF and Stennis.  Might be nice for the people that make these machines go to get a rare look, as was done for JSC yesterday.



My understanding is that each of those yellow circles on the track shown on "FlightExplorer" represents an "airfield" of some sort. This not only helps with navigation, but gives potential emergency landing options. (I would expect the SCA with Shuttle wold "glide like a brick")
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #528 on: 12/12/2008 03:20 pm »
Weather at KSC seems to be breaking up- no rain on the radar and clouds showing some breakup now - blue skies appearing..
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #529 on: 12/12/2008 03:22 pm »

I would guess the landing will be to the north.........

You are correct. It will fly up the beach on a northery approach.

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #530 on: 12/12/2008 03:24 pm »
My understanding is that each of those yellow circles on the track shown on "FlightExplorer" represents an "airfield" of some sort. This not only helps with navigation, but gives potential emergency landing options. (I would expect the SCA with Shuttle wold "glide like a brick")
Some of them are airfields, but I don't believe all of them are -- they're more like waypoints.

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #531 on: 12/12/2008 03:30 pm »
My understanding is that each of those yellow circles on the track shown on "FlightExplorer" represents an "airfield" of some sort. This not only helps with navigation, but gives potential emergency landing options. (I would expect the SCA with Shuttle wold "glide like a brick")
Some of them are airfields, but I don't believe all of them are -- they're more like waypoints.


They are waypoints.. I turned on the Airport overlay and the airports on the picture here show up as small black dots now for reference. The big circles however are definitely waypoints.

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #532 on: 12/12/2008 03:32 pm »
Shuttle Cleared for Final Leg of Flight
http://www.nasa.gov/rss/126_update.xml
Friday, December 12, 2008 3:37 PM [GMT]
Space shuttle Endeavour will take off from Barksdale Air Force Base,  La., aboard  the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at noon EST. It is scheduled to arrive at NASA’s  Kennedy  Space Center at about 2:40 p.m. today. 
 
Depending on the weather on Florida’s  Atlantic coast at arrival, pilots of the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft could fly  over Cocoa Beach, Fla., during the return. The pilots will make  that decision when they near the area.
 
 The 747 is being fueled at the Barksdale  base after staying at the facility overnight. Endeavour began its ferry flight  from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Wednesday. Endeavour landed at Edwards Nov. 30 at the end of  STS-126.

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #533 on: 12/12/2008 03:53 pm »
Looks like the weather continues to clear up.. We should have no trouble getting in today if this continues

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #534 on: 12/12/2008 04:02 pm »

Breezy though. KSC just went above 18 kts. That's right down the runway though.

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #536 on: 12/12/2008 04:07 pm »
http://travel.flightexplorer.com/trackFlight.aspx

says nasa912 is in flight

And that NASA911 is to take off at 1110 CST.

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #537 on: 12/12/2008 04:07 pm »
did others NASA TV go blank?

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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #538 on: 12/12/2008 04:10 pm »
did others NASA TV go blank?
Did for me too!
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Re: STS-126: Post Flight (Dryden, SCA Ferry to KSC) Coverage
« Reply #539 on: 12/12/2008 04:10 pm »
did others NASA TV go blank?

Directv says they're having temporary technical difficulties. Usually if it's the source's fault they'll say so, but not this time.

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