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    Did not want to flood the architecture forum as this is really not architectural in nature, but next week when it is rescheduled the Space Shuttle Enterprise will Be Ferried on the back of a Boeing 747 from Dulles International Airport in Reston, Virginia to JFK. Before doing so, the combined duo should perform a flyby of Manhattan down the Hudson River. I am with a website called NASASpaceflight.com and there should be live updates along with live coverage from NASATV and the major networks, but please post any video or pictures that you take here and share your experiences.

    Some Images of the work that has been done on Enterprise this week:









    Credit NASA HQ/Bill Ingalls: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/

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    Do we know what day this is supposed to happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stache View Post
    Do we know what day this is supposed to happen?
    As of this time no unfortunately, here was the latest media advisory:

    WASHINGTON -- Space Shuttle Transition and Retirement engineers Saturday completed the final steps to ready Space Shuttle Enterprise for its flight to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport while managers continue to evaluate the expected weather that has postponed delivery past Monday.

    The team installed "rain covers" over Enterprise’s vent door openings ahead of the expected rain. Engineers made the covers out of foam board covered with aluminum sheeting, weather stripping and wood. The items were purchased from a local hardware store and fabricated into covers at their hotel parking lot. In parallel to the cover work, the aft and forward attach points were torqued to Ferry requirements.

    The covers will be removed before Ferry.

    The latest weather briefing and forecast essentially is unchanged with rain and thunderstorms moving into the northeast Saturday evening and remaining in the area through Monday.

    The SSP T&R team, in consultation with Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum officials, have concluded that the delivery of Enterprise atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) will occur no earlier than Tuesday due to the uncertainty of how fast the poor weather will move out of the area.

    Media will have access to the public areas at Dulles to view the departure of Enterprise. Media sending crews to Dulles should contact the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Office of Public Affairs at 703-417-8370.

    After departing Washington, the SCA and Enterprise will fly over various parts of the New York City metropolitan area before landing and JFK.

    Several weeks following the arrival, Enterprise will be "demated" from the 747 and placed on a barge that will be moved by tugboat up the Hudson River to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in June. The shuttle will be lifted by crane and placed on the flight deck of the Intrepid where it will be on exhibit to the public starting this summer in a temporary climate-controlled pavilion. The Intrepid continues work on a permanent exhibit facility to showcase Enterprise that will enhance the museum's space-related exhibits and education curriculum.
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tr...ome/index.html

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    Here is a picture I took ThursdayClick image for larger version. 

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    Thank you for this information, ron!

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    From Robert Pearlman:

    Space shuttle Enterprise's flight to New York now no earlier than 4/25. Managers will meet Monday to set new date.
    https://twitter.com/#!/RobertPearlman

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    Yes Thank YOU (and you could NEVER flood this forum with too many pics of the shuttle)

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    from NASA's official website:
    Managers Defer Ferry Flight Decision until Monday
    04.22.12


    WASHINGTON --Space Shuttle Program Transition and Retirement managers met Sunday afternoon to again evaluate the weather forecast for Space Shuttle Enterprise's Ferry Flight to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The group, in conjunction with Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum officials, deferred setting a date for the Ferry Flight until Monday.

    Managers will convene at 1 p.m. for the OV-101 Ferry Flight Readiness Review and again will evaluate the weather and system readiness to support the Ferry Flight. They are expected to formally set the date at the conclusion of the meeting.

    The latest forecast indicates a low pressure system on the east coast will deliver low clouds and rain in both the Washington and New York areas, precluding the flight of NASA’s prototype shuttle until Wednesday at the earliest.

    Enterprise was mated to the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) Saturday morning and covers were fitted over the shuttle's vent doors to prevent rain intrusion while the vehicle awaits its transfer from Dulles International Airport. The covers will be removed before flight.

    Once the departure date and time is set, media will have access to the public areas at Dulles to view the departure of Enterprise. Media sending crews to Dulles should contact the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Office of Public Affairs at 703-417-8370.

    After departing Washington, the SCA and Enterprise the aircraft are expected to fly near a variety of landmarks in the New York metropolitan area, including the Statue of Liberty and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. When the flyover is complete, the SCA will land at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

    Several weeks following the arrival, Enterprise will be "demated" from the 747 and placed on a barge that will be moved by tugboat up the Hudson River to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in June. The shuttle will be lifted by crane and placed on the flight deck of the Intrepid where it will be on exhibit to the public starting this summer in a temporary climate-controlled pavilion. The Intrepid continues work on a permanent exhibit facility to showcase Enterprise that will enhance the museum's space-related exhibits and education curriculum.

    For more information about NASA's transfer of space shuttles to museums, visit:

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    Hard to believe I watched Discovery take off for STS-124 less than 4 years ago and now she is sitting in a museum.

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    Arrival now Wednesday:

    http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-042312a.html

    Edit current thinking is a flyover about 10:30 to 11:30 am
    Last edited by ronsmytheiii; April 23rd, 2012 at 05:19 PM.

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    Sounds like they'll still fly it up over the Hudson, yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stache View Post
    Sounds like they'll still fly it up over the Hudson, yes?
    No word, but would imagine it is the same plan unless otherwise noted.

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    Update: Ferry flight is now NET Friday due to weather:

    http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/ind...opic=20866.240

    Taken today:


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    Update: a NASA T-38 flew from Duilles to JFK in preparation for the move:

    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NASA966


    Last edited by ronsmytheiii; April 25th, 2012 at 05:28 PM.

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