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OV-103 in Dulles
« on: 01/24/2013 01:06 AM »
Amazed by the crowd, was a bit tempted to be upset with the size but truthfully glad she got the attention she deserved.  Posted a few areas of Interest on L2, but will post for wider audience here.
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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #1 on: 01/24/2013 01:08 AM »
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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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #2 on: 01/24/2013 01:11 AM »
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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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #3 on: 01/24/2013 01:35 PM »
Hi Ron, do you know what happened to the SSME and F1 engines. Last time I saw them they were in the restoration hangar. I asked a few people in there, but they did not know were they went.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #4 on: 01/24/2013 01:56 PM »
I heard that the SSME is now at the museum on the National Mall, and that the F1 engine was sent back to NASA.  They tore apart and updated the F1 and actually test fired it to gain data for SLS. Check out this link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/nasa-engine-test-parts-saturn-v-rocket-moon_n_2534361.html

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #5 on: 01/24/2013 02:05 PM »
There is a video of the test posted.

Cool photos of Discovery. :)

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #6 on: 01/24/2013 05:17 PM »
Thanks Tim, next to OV-103 that F1 was the most impressive display in the Museum.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #7 on: 01/25/2013 12:07 AM »
Awesome pictures! I'm glad to see Discovery's doing well.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #8 on: 01/26/2013 11:02 PM »
I heard that the SSME is now at the museum on the National Mall, and that the F1 engine was sent back to NASA.  They tore apart and updated the F1 and actually test fired it to gain data for SLS. Check out this link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/nasa-engine-test-parts-saturn-v-rocket-moon_n_2534361.html
I was in DC today so I checked in on the engines.
The SSME is indeed in the still incomplete display at the downtown Air and Space. The display F1 is still downtown too, not sure if the Smithsonian had a second F1?

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #9 on: 01/27/2013 01:57 AM »
I heard that the SSME is now at the museum on the National Mall, and that the F1 engine was sent back to NASA.  They tore apart and updated the F1 and actually test fired it to gain data for SLS. Check out this link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/nasa-engine-test-parts-saturn-v-rocket-moon_n_2534361.html
I was in DC today so I checked in on the engines.
The SSME is indeed in the still incomplete display at the downtown Air and Space. The display F1 is still downtown too, not sure if the Smithsonian had a second F1?


There was a F-1 at the mall location and at Dulles last year, and did not see the later the time so could be entirely plausible that its at Marshall.
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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #10 on: 02/15/2013 03:22 AM »
A docent told me the F-1 was downtown. But if you didn't see it there, then it's not there. I saw an F-1 at Marshall last June, which was before the one at Udvar-Hazy disappeared. I have a photo of it somewhere.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #11 on: 02/15/2013 03:51 AM »
I was wrong. What I saw at Huntsville was not a complete F-1, but the powerpack. I'm not sure exactly what this part is called. There were other parts on the floor, but I didn't take any pictures so I don't know what they were.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #12 on: 02/16/2013 05:43 AM »
Gentlemen,

I'm pretty sure I caught a shot of the "missing" F-1 at Udvar last year right as the were prepping Enterprise for her trip to NYC  Check out the second pic in my post

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=20763.msg861077#msg861077

I even noted at the time that it look like an F-1 under the plastic

The F-1 was in the restoration hangar and was sitting with some other Shuttle hardware that NASA was moving around as they sent the Orbiters to their final homes.

Where it went I have no idea but, I'm pretty sure that F-1 was on its way out the door.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #13 on: 02/16/2013 07:02 AM »
I was wrong. What I saw at Huntsville was not a complete F-1, but the powerpack. I'm not sure exactly what this part is called. There were other parts on the floor, but I didn't take any pictures so I don't know what they were.

F-1 Turbo Pump assembly. Oxy stage on top, Fuel stage in the middle and the hot, smokey part is on the bottom.  ;D
« Last Edit: 02/16/2013 07:04 AM by bubbagret »

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #14 on: 02/16/2013 09:00 AM »
Where it went I have no idea but, I'm pretty sure that F-1 was on its way out the door.

The second photo here: http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-012113a.html ...shows the F-1 from the National Air and Space Museum arriving at Marshall Space Flight Center.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #15 on: 02/24/2013 03:31 PM »
Today marks two years since her last launch. :'(
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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #16 on: 02/24/2013 03:46 PM »
Dang already? :(

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #17 on: 02/25/2013 12:25 PM »
Wow time has flown by. She atleast is getting all the attention in her home.
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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #18 on: 04/15/2013 12:14 AM »
Will pay her a visit in a week's time. Pics to follow!

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #19 on: 05/12/2013 05:27 AM »
I visited Discovery this week. It was awesome to see her again! One thing I noticed is the slight orange coloring of the tiles from the ET doors back to the end of the body flap. You can kind of see it in the photos. I suspect this is from ET separation but I'm not sure.
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