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From: Poway, Calif., USA
Registered: Sep 2009

posted 10-21-2011 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Donald   Click Here to Email Donald     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What will happen to the two Mate-Demate Device (MDD) structures at Dryden Flight Research Center and Kennedy Space Center?


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From: Texas * Earth
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posted 10-27-2011 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will go way out on a limb and guess that the MDDs will be sold to the highest bidder "for scrap purposes only," of course.

(This subject will probably not be too high on the KSC priority list until well after the last orbiter leaves the cape.)

Jay Chladek

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posted 10-29-2011 07:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would think the Dryden one will still end up being used as the SCA has been used to ferry at least one other aircraft on its back besides the shuttle (a drone aircraft, I forget what it is called). Of course, that is assuming at least one SCA still stays in NASA inventory as a flying aircraft rather than being parted out to keep the 747SP SOFIA flying.


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posted 10-31-2011 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The other vehicle carried on a SCA was the Boeing Phantom Ray, a UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle) demonstrator which only flew twice on its own power from Edwards before the testing was suspended.

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