Dec 9, 2008- STS-126 landing, day 8: Mate to SCA

Strong winds slowed things down at the beginning of the shift, but they died down by 1730 hrs, allowing us to continue preps for lifting the orbiter. Disconnected the purge hoses going to the R/H T-0, raised the side access platforms above the wings and removed the aft jacks from under the vehicle- makes the orbiter look like it is flying.


Raised the vehicle up around 50ft. in the air so the SCA can be brought in underneath it.

Ground crew towed the SCA in…

and positioned it under the vehicle.

We then went to work lowering it into place and performed a “soft mate”– transfering the weight of the orbiter to the SCA and getting the bolts in hand tight. First shift arrived and they will be completing the bolt torques and final preps for ferrying. We expect to be ready to leave for LA shortly after reporting to work at 1500 hr. if everything is finished up. Ferry flight should begin Wednesday morning. Flight path should be published in the papers and websites before then. Can’t wait to get back home!

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About John Sep

Former Space Shuttle aerospace technician and private pilot now looking towards the next great adventure. Soon to be heading home from my overseas assignment! Transfered my blog from MySpace to here so check my older stuff for info and pictures from my days in space shuttle processing- lots of behind the scenes stuff! He drew pics, flew planes, fought fires and helped launch people into space - what will he do next?
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