Status Reports

Endeavour Ferry Flight Status
09.21.12
 
 
The space shuttle Endeavour and its 747 carrier aircraft soar off the California coast near Ventura as its heads to the Los Angeles area during the final portion of its tour of California Sept. 21. The space shuttle Endeavour and its 747 carrier aircraft soar off the California coast near Ventura as its heads to the Los Angeles area during the final portion of its tour of California Sept. 21. (NASA / Jim Ross)

Space Shuttle Endeavour Comes Home to Los Angeles
Fri, 21 Sep 2012 01:03:26 PM PDT

Space shuttle Endeavour ended its flight career Sept. 21 as it toured California on the back of NASA's modified 747 carrier aircraft, landing at Los Angeles International Airport after its final ferry flight into history.

The four-hour, 34-minute flight began at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base Friday morning, and over the ensuing hours the piggyback pair made low-level flybys over scores of California cities and landmarks, many of which had direct ties to NASA's Space Shuttle Program over the past 40 years.

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft pilots Jeff Moultrie and Bill Rieke, both from NASA's Johnson Space Center, guided the big 747 carrying Endeavour over such landmarks as the State Capitol in Sacramento, the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field north of San Jose during their swing through Northern California.

After passing by Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast, they then entered the Los Angeles area, making passes – sometimes several – over such landmarks as Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood sign, Dodger Stadium, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Malibu and Santa Monica, Disneyland, The Queen Mary and USS Iowa in Long Beach harbor, and several low-level flyovers over Los Angeles International Airport before touching down on Runway 25L at 12:51 p.m. PDT.

After Endeavour is separated from the 747 over the next week and preparations are complete, it will be moved over city streets Oct. 12-13 to its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles for permanent display.

View more photos of Endeavour's Tour of California atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft on NASA Dryden's Facebook account.




Shuttle Endeavour, SCA Depart for California Tour
Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:17 AM PDT

NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with space shuttle Endeavour securely mounted on top lifted off the main runway at Edwards Air Force Base Friday morning on the last leg of its four-segment final ferry flight into history.

NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft carrying space shuttle Endeavour soars over the high desert of Southern California following takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base Friday morning on the last NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft carrying space shuttle Endeavour soars over the high desert of Southern California following takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base Friday morning on the last "California Tour" leg of its ferry flight into history. (NASA / Jim Ross) &8250; View Larger Image The SCA-Endeavour combo lifted off Edwards' Runway 04R at about 8:17 a.m. PDT. It began its California tour with low-level flyovers of the communities of Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond, California City and Mojave before heading north to Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Several low-level flyovers in the Sacramento and San Francisco areas were scheduled during the mid-morning period, including the State Capitol in Sacramento, some of the San Francisco area landmarks and museums including the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Chabot Space and Science Center, Exploratorium and the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Next the aircraft will travel south, making a pass over NASA's Ames Research Center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium near Santa Cruz and Monterey and Vandenberg Air Force as it heads into the Los Angeles area.

After arriving in the Los Angeles area, flyovers of the SCA-Endeavour combo are expected to occur over several landmarks during the late morning hours, weather and operational considerations permitting. Among regional landmarks targeted for flyovers are the California Science Center, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, Disneyland and Malibu, among others.

Finally, the SCA and Endeavour will land about 1 p.m. PDT at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), for an arrival ceremony before Endeavour is taken off the 747 and transported to its permanent home at the California Science Center next month.

Some planned flyovers or stopovers could be delayed or canceled.

The SCA and Endeavour left Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility Sept. 17 on the first leg of its final cross-country ferry flight and flew over many NASA facilities and other locales during its cross-country journey.

After Endeavour is separated from the 747 and preparations are complete, it will be moved over city streets Oct. 12-13 to the California Science Center in Los Angeles for permanent display.



Endeavour Ferry Flight Given "Go" for California Flyover
Fri, 21 Sep 2012 07:10 AM PDT

NASA Managers have given a "Go" for the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, carrying space shuttle Endeavour, to depart Edwards Air Force Base and begin a four-and-a-half hour flyover of northern California and the Los Angeles basin.

Weather is forecast to be clear for the entire flight. NASA Television will air live coverage of the departure at 8 a.m. PDT. Takeoff is planned for 8:15 a.m.

The SCA and Endeavour will salute NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and the Edwards Air Force Base area after takeoff with a low flyby northbound to Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. Any time after 9:30 a.m. PDT, watch for Endeavour from viewing locations that include the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Chabot Space and Science Center, the California State Capitol, Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Next the aircraft will travel south, making a pass over NASA's Ames Research Center and Vandenberg Air Force Base before heading into the Los Angeles area. Any time after 11:30 a.m., watch for flyovers of Endeavour passing regional landmarks such as its future home at the California Science Center, Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, Disneyland, The Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles City Hall, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Malibu Beach, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, the Queen Mary, Universal Studios and Venice Beach, among others.

Finally, the SCA and Endeavour will land about 12:45 p.m., at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for an arrival ceremony before Endeavour is taken off the 747. The orbiter will be transported to the California Science Center next month.

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 canceled.

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



Blue Skies Greet Endeavour, SCA at Edwards Landing
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:50 PM PDT

NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the space shuttle Endeavour securely mounted on top makes a low-level flyby of the flight line prior to landing at Edwards Air Force Base after the third leg of its four-segment final ferry flight into history.NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the space shuttle Endeavour securely mounted on top makes a low-level flyby of the flight line prior to landing at Edwards Air Force Base after the third leg of its four-segment final ferry flight into history. (NASA / Tom Tschida) › View Larger Image A familiar sight appeared in the clear blue skies of the Mojave Desert as the space shuttle Endeavour and its modified NASA 747 carrier aircraft arrived at Edwards Air Force Base in California Thursday afternoon Sept. 20. After a spectacular low-level flyover of Edwards' flight line and housing areas, the piggyback pair touched down on Runway 22L at 12:50 p.m. PDT.

Following an overnight stay, the SCA and Endeavour will salute the Antelope Valley area early Friday with a low flyby over the communities of Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond and Mojave before heading north to Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. Several low-level flyovers in the Sacramento and San Francisco areas are planned during the mid-morning period, including the State Capitol in Sacramento, some of the San Francisco area landmarks and museums including the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Chabot Space and Science Center, Exploratorium and the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Next the aircraft will travel south, making a pass over NASA's Ames Research Center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium near Santa Cruz and Monterey and Vandenberg Air Force as it heads into the Los Angeles area.

After arriving in the Los Angeles area, flyovers of the SCA-Endeavour combo are expected to occur over several landmarks during the late morning hours, weather and operational considerations permitting. Among regional landmarks targeted for flyovers are the California Science Center, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, Disneyland and Malibu, among others.

Finally, the SCA and Endeavour will land about noon PDT at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), for an arrival ceremony before Endeavour is taken off the 747 and transported to its permanent home at the California Science Center next month.

The exact timing and path of the ferry flight is depending on local weather conditions and operational constraints. Some planned flyovers or stopovers could be delayed or canceled.

NASA Social attendees experienced the landing as part of a two-day slate of activities at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards. The events focused on Dryden’s contributions to the Space Shuttle Program, guest speakers and a look at NASA’s future http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/Features/NASA_Social_Endeavour_SCA-09_12.html

The SCA and Endeavour left Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility Sept. 17 on the first leg of its final cross-country ferry flight and flew over areas of the Space Coast, including Kennedy, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base before heading across the south on it way to an overnight stop at Ellington Field in Houston near NASA's Johnson Space Center. After departing Ellington this morning, it headed to Biggs Army Airfield at El Paso, Texas for refueling and a flight crew change, and then began the third leg of the four-segment final ferry flight to Edwards, detouring for flyovers of the White Sands Test Facility and Missile Range and Tucson, Ariz., en route.

Endeavour’s final destination is Los Angeles International Airport, where it is expected to arrive at mid-day Sept. 21 after a tour of several California cities.

After Endeavour is separated from the 747 and preparations are complete, it will be moved over city streets Oct. 12-13 to the California Science Center in Los Angeles for permanent display.

NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the space shuttle Endeavour securely mounted on top touches down at Edwards Air Force Base after third leg of its four-segment final ferry flight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 20, 2012. NNASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the space shuttle Endeavour securely mounted on top touches down at Edwards Air Force Base after third leg of its four-segment final ferry flight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 20, 2012. The landing was preceded by a spectacular low-level flyby of NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and the Edwards flight line flown by NASA Dryden pilot Bill Brockett. (NASA / Jim Ross) › View Larger Image


 
 
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