Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Arrives at Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility Print
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Tuesday, 11 September 2012 21:35


NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified 747 jumbo jet, touched down just before 5:05 p.m. EDT on Tuesday at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The SCA, which is designated NASA 905, was the original shuttle carrier and was used in 1977 for the space shuttle approach and landing tests. This series of eight captive and five free flights with the orbiter prototype Enterprise, in addition to ground taxi tests, validated the aircraft's performance as an SCA, in addition to verifying the glide and landing characteristics of the orbiter configuration — paving the way for orbital flights and ferry flights. NASA 905 now will fly the final ferry flight in Space Shuttle Program history.


At approximately 5 a.m. Friday, Endeavour will leave the Vehicle Assembly Building for the last time and roll over to the SLF mate/demate device, which will raise the spacecraft so technicians can attach it to the SCA. At about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the SCA and Endeavour will back out of the mate/demate device. On Monday, the aircraft is expected to take off at dawn to begin a multi-day journey scheduled to end Sept. 20 with arrival at Los Angeles International Airport. In October, Endeavour will move to the California Science Center, where it will begin a new career inspiring future explorers.


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