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The $28.8M cost is the sum of two component costs: $8.3M for "Ferry" and $20.5M for "Display Preparation". NASA defines these two tasks as mandatory work to provide an Orbiter to a recipient, and NASA has determined that NASA must perform this work. Note that cost estimate of the two components have different estimating uncertainties, such that the actual cost of one component vs. the other may increase. NASA is confident, however, that the total cost to prepare and transport each vehicle will not exceed $28.8M.
(1) The $8.3M "Ferry" cost is the work to fly the Orbiter to an airport near the display site. The airport must meet specific criteria that allow landing the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with attached Orbiter. The Orbiter will remain in Ferry Flight Configuration. The major tasks include: actual ferry of Orbiter, offload & tow to final location; positioning the orbiter on jack stands and de- servicing Hydraulic System #1; renting two NASA approved mobile Cranes, on loading/offloading the Orbiter to/from Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA); shipment of Ground Support Equipment (GSE) required from and to NASA KSC; travel cost and rentals of hi-lifts, access stands , etc.; and Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Shuttle Landing Facility costs to conduct the ferry operation.
(2) NASA is not seeking reimbursement for safing costs. Safing the Orbiter vehicles is a NASA obligation and requires putting the Orbiters in a condition in which they may be stored indefinitely at NASA KSC, away from the public.
(3) $20.5M is required for Display Preparation which includes the reinstallation of safed Orbiter vehicle systems or substitutes for Orbiter vehicle systems; provision of new special hazard notices and controls; and configuration of the vehicle to allow it to be ferried to and reside in its final destination. Tasks include set up of the Crew Module in flight configuration, installation of structural shells and skins for the previously removed Orbital Maneuvering System pods, Forward Reaction Control System, and internal cabin structural panels, as well as final closeout of the payload bay, wings and the aft compartment. "Display Preparation" is not a museum display showcasing the Orbiter. Display preparation also includes costs for NASA to configure the Orbiter for Ferry Flight per existing Space Shuttle Program ferry flight requirements; preparation and sign-off of the Ferry Flight Readiness Statement, as well as preparation and delivery of the NASA display site "kit". Also included is the ground support equipment (GSE) required to support final NASA public display site requirements, including "Data" packs (MSDS- equivalent for remaining passive hazards; Orbiter system configuration summary).
(4) There are no "fees" in addition to the Display Preparation and Ferry work as defined by NASA above.
Any work beyond NASA's definition of "Display Preparation" and "Ferry" is not considered mandatory by NASA and is not included in the $28.8M external funding requirement.
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