[amsat-bb] Endeavour Delayed

Clint Bradford clintbradford at mac.com
Sun Sep 16 16:05:15 PDT 2012


WASHINGTON -- NASA's planned ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour 
atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) has been postponed until 
Tuesday, Sept. 18 due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Monday, 
Sept. 17. 

To ensure a safe flight for Endeavour and the SCA, NASA managers, in 
consultation with the California Science Center, decided Sunday to 
delay the flight because of inclement weather predicted along the 
flight path between Houston and NASA's Kennedy Space Center, where 
the flight will originate. 

On Oct. 11, 2011, NASA transferred title and ownership of Endeavour to 
the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Despite the one-day 
delayed departure from Kennedy, NASA still plans to transport 
Endeavour to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by Thursday, 
Sept. 20. 

In cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, the SCA is 
scheduled to conduct low-level flyovers at about 1,500 feet above 
locations along the planned flight path. The exact timing and path of 
the ferry flight will depend on weather conditions and operational 
constraints. Some planned flyovers or stopovers could be delayed or 
cancelled. If the ferry flight is postponed again, an additional 
advisory will be issued. 

At sunrise on Sept. 18, the SCA and Endeavour will depart Kennedy's 
Shuttle Landing Facility and perform a flyover of various areas of 
the Space Coast, including Kennedy, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor 
Complex, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base. 

The aircraft will fly west and conduct low flyovers of NASA's Stennis 
Space Center in Mississippi and the agency's Michoud Assembly 
Facility in New Orleans. As it arrives over the Texas Gulf Coast 
area, the SCA will perform low flyovers above various areas of 
Houston and Clear Lake before landing at Ellington Field near NASA's 
Johnson Space Center. 

At sunrise on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the aircraft will depart Houston, 
make a refueling stop at Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas, and 
conduct low-level flyovers of White Sands Test Facility near Las 
Cruces, N.M., and NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air 
Force Base in California, before landing around mid-day at Dryden. 

On the morning of Sept. 20, the SCA and Endeavour will take off from 
Dryden and perform a low-level flyover of northern California, 
passing near NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., 
and various landmarks in multiple cities, including Sacramento and 
San Francisco. The aircraft also will conduct a flyover of many Los 
Angeles sites before landing about 11 a.m. PDT at LAX. 

Social media users are encouraged to share their Endeavour sightings 
using the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour's orbiter 
vehicle designation. 

After arrival at LAX, Endeavour will be removed from the SCA and spend 
a few weeks at a United Airlines hangar undergoing preparations for 
transport and display. Endeavour then will travel through Inglewood 
and Los Angeles city streets on a 12-mile journey from the airport to 
the science center, arriving in the evening on Oct. 13. 

Beginning Oct. 30, the shuttle will be on display in the science 
center's Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, 
embarking on its new mission to commemorate past achievements in 
space and educate and inspire future generations of explorers. 
Endeavour completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited 
Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles. 

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