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Robert Pearlman
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California Science Center via Twitter:
Two booster forward skirts were delivered today [Nov. 21]! They provide the critical connection between the solid rocket boosters and the external tank.

These will be stored by ET-94 until we are ready to assemble all of Endeavour's components for the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center!

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From Perry Roth-Johnson, curator of aerospace science at the California Science Center, via Twitter:
Our external tank at needs a good wash, so we are up in a boom lift giving it some TLC.

The pressure wash works like a charm... before (left) and after (right).

Got the aft dome of the external tank cleaned up, and we'll keep working our way towards the nose over the next few days.

Robert Pearlman
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From Perry Roth-Johnson, curator of aerospace science at the California Science Center, via Twitter:
Starting to paint our external tank, ET-94!

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I've seen in earlier post where this exhibit was planned for opening in 2019. Is this date still true? Haven’t seen any construction photos or does the CSC even mention it on their website that I could find. Does anyone know what the opening date is?

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When is the assembly of Endeavour and the launch vehicle will be taking place?

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The California Science Center has not released an updated schedule as to the construction of the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center or, as part of that, the vertical display of space shuttle Endeavour. When there is news to be shared, it will be posted here.

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Shuttle-used rockets roll into California to stand up Endeavour exhibit

Two rocket boosters made from parts that launched on more than 80 space shuttle missions are now parked outside of Los Angeles, having moved a step closer to standing up the display of a retired NASA orbiter.

The twin solid rocket motors, which Northrop Grumman pledged to donate for the California Science Center's exhibit of the space shuttle Endeavour in 2017, were delivered over the past couple of weeks to the Mojave Air and Space Port, where they are being temporarily held in outdoor storage. The inert motor cases, which Northrop Grumman described as being "structurally representative" of the solid rocket boosters used during NASA's space shuttle program, were trucked in from the company's Promontory, Utah test facility after being prepared for their exhibit.

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Looking at the recent artist renderings in the article, I'd be surprised if they actually follow through with the glass-floored top level to look down on the stack.

While the artist-rendered woman in a skirt doesn't have anyone from the lower level looking up it, real people aren't always so considerate.

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They could do one way glass.

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Groundbreaking set for launchpad-like display of retired space shuttle Endeavour

More than a decade after it was grounded, NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavour is soon to be the focus of a groundbreaking.

The California Science Center in Los Angeles is set to begin of construction the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, a new museum that will display Endeavour vertically, as if poised for another launch, complete with a fuel tank and two side-mounted boosters.

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Groundbreaking sets stage for space shuttle Endeavour launch-like display

It is an up-close sight that gave astronauts a reason to pause and soon it will be one that the public can see for themselves: a space shuttle standing poised for launch.

The California Science Center on Wednesday (June 1) is breaking ground for its new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, which will become the permanent home of NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavour. Unlike the science center's current display of the orbiter, which for the past 10 years has had Endeavour positioned horizontally atop its mobile transporter, the new exhibit will showcase the full space shuttle stack — including an external tank and twin solid rocket boosters — in a gallery towering 20 stories tall at Exposition Park in Los Angeles.

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Are there any chances if the project will be complete less than three years; i.e. possibly in 2024?

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Construction of the Samuel Air and Space Center will require at least three years and then time is needed to build out the 150 exhibits inside. The California Science Center has not yet set an opening date, but it has said that it will be no earlier than sometime in 2025.

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It was a spectacular day for the groundbreaking — the cranes were arranged to show at the peak how high Endeavour will be!

Endeavour astronauts Garrett Reisman, Greg Chamitoff and Barbara Morgan were there, as well as the mayor of Los Angeles. The folks in the third photo besides the astronauts are Jeffrey Rudolph, the CEO of the California Science Center, and Ms. Lynda Oschin, the widow of Samuel Oschin.

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The California Science Center is hiring external tank specialists to assist in the assembly of the Endeavour exhibit.
  • External Tank Hardware Specialist

    As the External Tank Hardware Specialist, you will literally help assemble parts of external tank ET-94 for the vertical display of Space Shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. You will work hands-on with historic space hardware, planning and developing techniques to install hardware that matches the original configuration of ET-94 in a fully authentic shuttle stack. This position is project-based and expected to end when all hardware work on the shuttle stack is complete in late 2023.

  • External Tank Sculpting Assistant

    As the External Tank Sculpting Assistant, you will literally help assemble parts of external tank ET-94 for the vertical display of Space Shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. You will work hands-on with historic space hardware, sculpting and installing foam that matches the original configuration of ET-94 in a fully authentic shuttle stack. The position is project-based and funded through late 2023 (when foam work on the shuttle stack is expected to be largely complete), with the potential for extension pending additional funding and/or assignment to other projects.

The Center is also hiring a project manager for its new Air & Space Center:
  • Air & Space Exhibit Project Manager

    As the Air & Space Exhibit Project Manager, you will plan and execute the development, fabrication, and installation of new aerospace exhibits in the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center to support the Science Center's mission to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone. You will work day-to-day with a team of internal and external stakeholders, including exhibit developers, designers, aerospace content experts, fabricators, and technical consultants. On this team, you will be involved in all aspects of exhibit development and design, including task management, scheduling, contracts, and project documentation. This is a mission-critical position that will directly support the success of the Air and Space Center project and its financial, schedule, and guest experience objectives. This position is funded for at least four years, with the potential for extension pending additional funding and/or assignment to other projects.

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Progress photos for the Oschin Air and Space Center (credit: Charles Null).

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Here's a pretty interesting video from an engineering channel I enjoy:

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Update on the construction of the Oschin Air and Space Center:


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