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Space Shuttle Program Transition and Retirement (T&R) engineers Saturday completed the final steps to ready Space Shuttle Enterprise for its flight to New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) 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 will occur no earlier than Tuesday (April 24) due to the uncertainty of how fast the poor weather will move out of the area.
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