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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-30-2014 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On April 29, 2014, NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center awarded a contract to Pantano Demolition, Inc. of Manteca, Calif., to demolish the Shuttle Mate/Demate Device used to load and offload the orbiters from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
Construction of the MDD was completed in late 1976. It was first used during mate-demate operations with the prototype orbiter Enterprise during the Approach and Landing Tests (ALT) in 1977. It has been used for all post-landing and SCA mating operations at Dryden since the ALT program.

APG85
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posted 04-30-2014 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for APG85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Too bad they can't leave it in-place. 50 years from now it would be a neat piece of history and I imagine the environment out there is not very corrosive...

onesmallstep
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posted 04-30-2014 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just bought a philatelic cover commemorating a mating of Enterprise with the SCA after an ALT flight.

As for keeping the MDD intact; I sympathize but you can't keep every item of shuttle history. Maybe a plaque/sign with a photo would suffice; even a small section displayed at the Armstrong Center's museum/visitor's center.

Besides, the space occupied by it can be reused for future projects.

JBoe
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posted 04-30-2014 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree, too bad it has to be taken down. But, what would they ever do with it? And it would take more money to reconfigure it anyways.

I think they should make a Shuttle Mate-Demate Device medal from the metal!

onesmallstep
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posted 04-30-2014 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes! To go with the SCA and Enterprise medallions already produced by NASA Dryden/Armstrong.

GACspaceguy
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posted 04-30-2014 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by JBoe:
...from the metal!
Well that would be nice, but as you know from the LUT disassembly these sort of things are made from splendoium, which of course comes from a billet of unobtainium. Both of which makes these ITAR restricted assemblies.

JBoe
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posted 05-01-2014 03:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's too bad, it really would make a nice addition to my coin/medallion collection!

cspg
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posted 05-01-2014 03:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The metal will be melted to create wastium...

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