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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #80 on: 12/17/2011 04:11 AM »
Atlantis' fuel cells have been removed:

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=9

They'll go back in.  The fuel cells are remaining with the vehicles.  They are just draining the coolant here. 
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #81 on: 12/17/2011 10:37 PM »
Atlantis' fuel cells have been removed:

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=9

They'll go back in.  The fuel cells are remaining with the vehicles.  They are just draining the coolant here. 
Actually they're staying out.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #82 on: 12/17/2011 11:27 PM »
Atlantis' fuel cells have been removed:

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=9

They'll go back in.  The fuel cells are remaining with the vehicles.  They are just draining the coolant here. 
Actually they're staying out.

What is the reason for not re-installing?  Those for Discovery were put back after draining.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #83 on: 12/17/2011 11:58 PM »
Atlantis' fuel cells have been removed:

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=9

They'll go back in.  The fuel cells are remaining with the vehicles.  They are just draining the coolant here. 
Actually they're staying out.

What is the reason for not re-installing?  Those for Discovery were put back after draining.

Per agreement with the Smithsonian, NASA is keeping Discovery as close to flight ready as possible.  Not so with the others.
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #84 on: 12/18/2011 12:25 AM »
Atlantis' fuel cells have been removed:

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=9

They'll go back in.  The fuel cells are remaining with the vehicles.  They are just draining the coolant here. 
Actually they're staying out.

Per the latest ESSRD that I am aware of, they are going back in at some point.  The spares have been sent elsewhere and a couple retained for STS-Last. 
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #86 on: 12/18/2011 05:21 PM »
Just thinking out loud here:

Wouldn't it be better to send Explorer to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, instead of the FFT? It's well known that Seattle would like a winged orbiter to go in their newly-built gallery (I heard they even considered building wings for the FFT).

Since the Explorer ET & SRBs will need to be barged to LA now anyway, if they sent Explorer on the same barge, it shouldn't cost any more money. Plus, if an open barge were used, we'd get the downright awesome sight of Explorer going through the Panama Canal!

Then, Space Center Houston could keep the FFT, thus A) saving having to transport it to Seattle aboard the Super Guppy, and B) preserving the FFT's historical link to JSC.

Just wondering if this has/is being considered?
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #87 on: 12/18/2011 09:14 PM »
There is ET-94 still at Michoud. It could be moved to KSC for Atlantis's display and also a pair of  SRBs, the real deal, not a mock up. :)

Say will a mock up replica of the Docking module that Atlantis took to Mir be part of the exhibit?

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #88 on: 12/19/2011 01:31 AM »
Looks like the ET and SRBs are going to LA as well:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/12/science-center-to-secure-space-shuttle-external-tank.html


The et will need extensive modifications and new SRB aft skirts will need to be fabricated to support the stack weight.
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #89 on: 12/19/2011 02:34 PM »
Photo Gallery: Rare, last look inside space shuttle Atlantis
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-121911a.html

This photo gallery starts on Atlantis' flight deck, and then proceeds to its now mostly empty middeck, out into and above the 60-foot payload bay, and then around and under the winged spacecraft...

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #90 on: 12/19/2011 03:27 PM »
Says Atlantis will be powered down for the final time this week?? I figured they would wait until she was put back together like Discovery. If they close the Bay Doors also, wont they have to power her back up to re open them to put on Display since KSC will display her that way? Or will they leave the doors open and move her with them open?
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #91 on: 12/19/2011 04:03 PM »
Last Attempt to return Atlantis and Endeavour to flight in a commercial venture:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/12/next-gen-shuttle-vehicle-secret-effort-save-orbiters-ends/
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #92 on: 12/22/2011 11:51 AM »
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Technicians are scheduled to power down #shuttle Atlantis today for the final time as preps for its public display continue."

I know it's been coming..... but still :(

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #93 on: 12/22/2011 01:11 PM »
Will they close her bay doors as well or leave them open and move her to display with them open? I know KSC Is displaying her with Bay doors open, and if they power down they cant open/close them
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #94 on: 12/22/2011 02:58 PM »
I was wondering about that too. And did Atlantis already have its display for media -opportunity, as Discovery did (with NSF reporters crawling inside the crew module), or has it been cancelled?

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #95 on: 12/22/2011 03:23 PM »
...and if they power down they cant open/close them

According to NASA PAO, the doors can be closed without power (only the Ku Band antenna needs power to be stowed, and that was being done this week). Last I heard, Atlantis' (final) door closure before being moved to the visitor complex was scheduled for next year.

And did Atlantis already have its display for media -opportunity, as Discovery did (with NSF reporters crawling inside the crew module), or has it been cancelled?

Atlantis' "media day" will be in the spring; Endeavour's is next, possibly in February. Discovery was powered down for its "media day" too.
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #96 on: 12/22/2011 03:44 PM »
So they will manually re open her doors once they move her for display I guess??
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #97 on: 12/22/2011 04:07 PM »

Atlantis' "media day" will be in the spring; Endeavour's is next, possibly in February. Discovery was powered down for its "media day" too.

I somehow thought it was powered... I guess the MEDS displays can be powered up separately, then.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #98 on: 12/22/2011 04:14 PM »
When they give the mdeia tour of Atlantis, I assume the lights in the cabin are on, so when they say power down for the final time, that doesnt mean lights inside right? Is Discovery in total dark now then or do they still do work inside the cabin so lights are still on, but then Power Down would mean the Shuttle systems not lights?
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #99 on: 12/22/2011 04:29 PM »
I guess the MEDS displays can be powered up separately, then.

No, it cannot; what you saw in the Discovery "media day" photos are physical screen covers designed to show the type of data the screens display.

Here you can compare powered vs. unpowered:  http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-121911a.html

The top photo is with Atlantis powered; the second (large) photo is without power and the screen covers in place.

When they give the mdeia tour of Atlantis, I assume the lights in the cabin are on, so when they say power down for the final time, that doesnt mean lights inside right?

When not powered, portable lighting is used to illuminate the cabin.
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