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Mr Meek
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posted 11-25-2008 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
Casper will be relocated to the Davidson Center as well

That's what I had assumed. There is plenty of room at the CSM end of the Saturn V for both Casper and the Orion mockup. Any idea when the move might happen?

If they can fit the LM trainer and/or the LM high-fidelity mockup in there as well, then the main floor of the museum will have space for both Skylab and Mir.

SpaceAholic
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posted 11-25-2008 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The institution was awaiting funding (which has now been received)... shouldn't be to far in the distant future.

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posted 09-06-2009 07:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for btguest   Click Here to Email btguest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone heard any updates on this?

jdcupp
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posted 09-07-2009 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jdcupp   Click Here to Email jdcupp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was at the USSRC July 20th, and noticed that the table where they were selling Hitt and Garriott's book "Homesteading Space" had a sign that said the proceeds from the sale of the book would go to restoration of skylab. I hope they raised a lot of money.

SpaceAholic
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posted 09-08-2009 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The institution hasn't yet resourced funds (estimate is 500k to 1.5 Million depending on scope of restoration efforts).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-02-2010 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center's 2010-2011 Donor Opportunities includes the Skylab trainer restoration. According to a mailing that just went out potential donors, the total cost of project is $1.4 million.

Raised to date: $35,000

Donations are being accepted at any dollar amount (base donation $10).

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posted 12-02-2010 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cv1701     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As additional artifacts were exhibited and moved into the main museum, it became necessary to move the Skylab trainer.
That thing was in fine condition before they decided to drape a tarp over it in the parking lot.
The trainer needs to be restored and preserved for display.
No kidding.

You can't sugarcoat this. That's a heck of a lot of money that could have been better spent elsewhere instead of fixing USSRC's incompetence.

Atlantis
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posted 12-09-2012 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Atlantis   Click Here to Email Atlantis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It appears that more restoration work is being done on the trainer. The two main body sections were recently moved into the bus barn area. The exterior has been stripped of paint and repainted.

Also, Dr. Barnhart stated this summer at the Space Exploration Celebration that it will be on display next year for the Skylab 40th anniversary.

GACspaceguy
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posted 12-09-2012 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news, I really hope it happens.

garyd2831
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posted 12-09-2012 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is great to hear. I was just up there at the beginning of November and it was just sitting as it had been for years. I was saddened by the current state of the rockets in the garden as they are fading and look so abandon.

How are the attendance numbers at the Space & Rocket Center today compared to a decade or two ago? Are young adults still interested or just a handful?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-09-2012 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to last month's Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission board meeting, Space Camp attendance is up 6 percent from last year (a 19% increase over two years) and family camps are up 44%.

In the museum, the lobby and gift shop sales are up 14%.

With regards to Skylab, yes, a professional and full restoration is in works, with more details to be announced in January. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center will also host a Skylab crews reunion on Jan. 31, 2013 (more details coming soon).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-24-2013 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Skylab 1G Trainer was moved into the Davidson Center for Space Exploration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center today (Jan. 24). Restoration of its interior will continue inside the building.

Photos courtesy Ed Stewart, director of exhibits and curation.

p51
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posted 01-24-2013 11:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forgive my ignorance on this, but was the same Skylab trainer that was sitting behind the space shot ride, on it's side on the berm in the back as late as this past fall? Or is this another Skylab trainer?

I was told when I was there in September that the Skylab equipment I was looking at in the back of the display area was the pool EVA trainer for exterior work. Was this true or is this the same thing being talked about here?

GACspaceguy
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posted 01-25-2013 04:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is not the Skylab trainer that is located in the museum as part of the outside displays that is set up. This is the display that has sat outside the Davidson building in the rocky part of the parking lot that has been covered up with white shrink wrap. (or at least has had the wrap applied, deteriorate and applied again).

It used to be inside of what was the main exhibit hall as a full size walk through exhibit like the one in the Smithsonian is Washington DC.

It is wonderful to see it getting the rework and display that it deserves. The last time, and only time, I ever had a chance to walk through it was December of 1994. I am looking forward to walking through it again.

garymilgrom
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posted 01-25-2013 05:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As Fred said nice to see this getting some attention. It will be beautiful when complete. Any idea on the date for that?

I saw the reunion will be a black tie affair. Not my cup of tea but a lot of fun for those going.

DavidH
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posted 03-25-2013 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some pics from the Gala. Sorry for the delay:

As you enter the USSRC main entrance, there is now a room set up where Skylab artifact restoration is taking place and visitors can watch as it progresses.

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Homesteading Space | davidhitt.net

DavidH
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posted 03-06-2014 04:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Per @RocketCenterUSA:
Our solar panels have moved into a new home this morning. They are now near Skylab inside the Saturn V hall.


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