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Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-28-2011 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Disposition of space shuttle payload canisters

On Sept. 27, 2011, payload canister #1 was moved from the high bay of the Canister Rotation Facility to the Reutilization, Recycling and Marketing Facility on Ransom Road at Kennedy Space Center to await decommissioning.

Two payload canisters were used to transport space shuttle payloads to the launch pad for installation in the orbiters' cargo bays. They are now being decommissioned following the end of the space shuttle program.

Each canister weighs 110,000 pounds and is 65 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 18 feet, 7 inches high.

The canisters were prescreened through NASA Headquarters as possible artifacts, but their size makes them difficult to transport to locations off the center. Federal and state agencies will now be given the opportunity to screen the canisters for potential use before a final decision is made on their disposition.

Credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann


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posted 09-29-2011 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Crazy thought but add a door at each end, wheel it over to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and add some displays to what the shuttle carried into space. You walk in and out while learning. Maybe place it out in the Rocket Garden area.

Jay Chladek

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posted 09-29-2011 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice idea, but it will need air conditioning as well (or at least air circulation) or it becomes a BIG TIME sweat box.

I think it would be cool if some place could get one of these and MPTA-98 (which is at Marshall sitting next to the decommissioned J-2 engine test stand) and they would have two pieces shaped like a shuttle.


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posted 11-15-2011 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The payload canister above has been ripped apart (just saw a photo), presumably headed to the scrap yard.

I don't understand why they wouldn't ask if anyone wants it. Could easily be taken away on a truck.

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