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MEDIA ADVISORY: M09-120

MEDIA INVITED TO VIEW LAST PLANNED SPACE SHUTTLE MAIN ENGINE TEST



BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. -- NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center invites
journalists to view the last planned space shuttle main engine test
scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 29.

The 520-second test ends a 34-year era of space shuttle main engine
testing at the facility. Stennis engineers conducted their first
space shuttle main engine test in 1975. The first shuttle mission was
launched in 1981. Since then, 126 missions have flown, all with main
engines tested by Stennis. Seven flights remain before the space
shuttle fleet is retired.

The primary work at Stennis has been space shuttle main engine
testing, but the center also is helping NASA prepare for the next era
of human spaceflight. Between 2007 and 2008, Stennis conducted
component testing as part of early development of the J-2X engine for
NASA's Constellation Program. The J-2X will be tested at simulated
altitudes up to 100,000 feet on the 300-foot A-3 test stand currently
under construction at the center.

Journalists wishing to view the final space shuttle main engine test
should contact Chris McGee, the news chief at Stennis, at
228-688-3249 by noon on Tuesday, July 28. Reporters must arrive at
Stennis by 1 p.m. on the day of the event to be credentialed and
escorted to the site.

Footage of the test will air on NASA Television's Video File. For NASA
TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv


For information about NASA's Stennis Space Center, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis


For more information about the Space Shuttle Program, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

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Ya, about that halt on shuttle infrastructure dismantling...
Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our rights & freedoms, and for those injured, visible or otherwise, in that fight.

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Ya, about that halt on shuttle infrastructure dismantling...
Expired.  If there is an extension AND this capability is brought back, the price tag is higher.

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hmm, i thought SSME was being considered for Ares V
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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hmm, i thought SSME was being considered for Ares V
There's very little money being spent on Ares V at this point, other than studies.

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Ya, about that halt on shuttle infrastructure dismantling...
Expired.  If there is an extension AND this capability is brought back, the price tag is higher.


But it's not at the point of no return. We know there are shuttle engines left that could be used without requiring the test stand. We know they are building replacement engines. The time delay between need & availability of the test stand is the critical one. Not sure how far down that road we are, but if they are doing the last test, one would consider that some capability still exists.
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Ya, about that halt on shuttle infrastructure dismantling...
Expired.  If there is an extension AND this capability is brought back, the price tag is higher.


But it's not at the point of no return. We know there are shuttle engines left that could be used without requiring the test stand. We know they are building replacement engines. The time delay between need & availability of the test stand is the critical one. Not sure how far down that road we are, but if they are doing the last test, one would consider that some capability still exists.
I agree about there not being a point of no return on this capability, but there will probably be additional costs to re-establishing it.

This suspends the ability to do acceptance testing on substantially rebuilt flight hardware for the shuttle program.  Prior to this, new and rebuilt/re-integrated engines were routinely hot-fired prior to going into the flight rotation.  Without a test stand, the shuttle program will probably be using the existing inventory/stockpile of engine hardware (flight + spare sets) that has already gone through an acceptance hot-fire.  It also likely means no more engineering tests.

It's the "loss" of sustaining engineering capability like this that I'm concerned about for a more substantial extension (i.e., something beyond the 2012/+3 flights option).

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I agree too. However, if they decide to extend shuttle through the commission (or other means by end of this year) then they should have time to reverse the damage done.

Costs...there has been so much waste already ($B), what's a few more million...  :(
Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our rights & freedoms, and for those injured, visible or otherwise, in that fight.

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