Here's a video my mother took as Endeavour was leaving FWNAS. And that's me reminding her of the ship's name...
Sorry if this has already been asked, but is the orbiter piloted in case of any kind of abort mode?
Mojave Skies blog with shots of Dryden departure:http://mojaveskies.blogspot.com/2008/12/godspeed-endeavour.htmlBill 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
I realize these are a bit late to the party, but here are a few of my shots from today's flyover of JSC.
DaveSI 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.
Any chance you'll get to see the "hall of humor" this time around???
I realize the orbiter is un-powered as it is on re-entry