The orbiters are placed atop the SCAs by Mate-Demate Devices, large gantry-like structures which hoist the orbiters off the ground for post-flight servicing, and then mate them with the SCAs for ferry flights.
You say "obviously they are battle ready but they are not nasa aircraft are unarmed, and the ones in the photo certainly are carrying no missiles.In cases where an MDD is not available, a two-crane approach is used. .The second SCA was designated nasa 911.However, the original purpose of the aircraft was to test the gliding capabilities of the first orbiter, Enterprise. .Removal of all interior furnishings and equipment aft of the forward.In the KC-135, a boom operator lies prone at the back of the plane, making adjustments to the probe if needed.Discovery Arriving at her New Home.This page is derived from a presentation given at the Arlington Composite Squadron meeting on Goals for the presentation: Talk about the Space Shuttle, discovery s arrival at the Smithsonian Institution.Discovery s arrival at Dulles Airport) as well as for astronaut pilot proficiency and transport.
This series of eight captive and five free flights with the orbiter prototype Enterprise, in addition to ground taxi tests, validated the aircrafts performance as an SCA, in addition to verifying the glide and landing characteristics of the orbiter configuration paving the way for orbital.
Also, nasa has a Gulfstream II aircraft that has been modified to simulate the cockpit västerås prostituerade of the orbiter as well as its inflight characteristics. .It was obtained by nasa from Japan Airlines (JAL) in 1989.Follow us on, facebook, Google or, twitter.Shuttle Carrier Aircraft to get the orbiters where they needed.They also serve as camera platforms.I had the privilege of being present at the National Air and Space Museums Udvar-Hazy Center to witness the arrival of Space Shuttle Discovery. .The second picture shows nasas Mate-Demate Device (MDD) used to mount or unmount an orbiter from the SCA. .The first picture (also available escort i gö at shows one of the mount points on the top of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with some humor from nasas engineers. .You can see the extra vertical stabilizers on the modified Boeing 747-100. .