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Old September 30th 05, 07:28 PM
Braxus
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When they do retire the shuttle fleet whether sooner or later, what is to
happen to the shuttles at that point? I can't see them all ending up at the
Smithsonian, so have they have plans to place them somewhere? I can imagine
one may stay at Kennedy and one in Houston.


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Old September 30th 05, 09:20 PM
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Braxus wrote:
When they do retire the shuttle fleet whether sooner or later, what is to
happen to the shuttles at that point? I can't see them all ending up at the
Smithsonian, so have they have plans to place them somewhere? I can imagine
one may stay at Kennedy and one in Houston.


I would like to see one in the Smithsonian, and the
others stripped of engines and offered for sale at
auction to the highest bidder, with the money going
back to the taxpayers.

But it won't happen because the low winning bid
totals might be embarrassing.

- Ed Kyle

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Old September 30th 05, 09:38 PM
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On Fri, 30 Sep 2005 15:20:56 -0500, ed kyle wrote
(in article .com):

Braxus wrote:
When they do retire the shuttle fleet whether sooner or later, what is to
happen to the shuttles at that point? I can't see them all ending up at the
Smithsonian, so have they have plans to place them somewhere? I can imagine
one may stay at Kennedy and one in Houston.


I would like to see one in the Smithsonian, and the
others stripped of engines and offered for sale at
auction to the highest bidder, with the money going
back to the taxpayers.

But it won't happen because the low winning bid
totals might be embarrassing.

- Ed Kyle


Embarrassing why? What do you think is the fair market of an orbiter
stripped of engines? And why would someone want one without engines?
Or with engines for that matter? The FMV of a 25 year old airframe is
usually determined by the scrap metal buyers at the boneyard anyway.
:-/

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Old September 30th 05, 10:14 PM
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KSC, JSC, Smithsonian.

Thats assuming all 3 survive, which sadly I doubt

It will take another lost vehicle and crew to end the program

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Old September 30th 05, 10:59 PM
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Herb Schaltegger wrote:
On Fri, 30 Sep 2005 15:20:56 -0500, ed kyle wrote
(in article .com):

Braxus wrote:
When they do retire the shuttle fleet whether sooner or later, what is to
happen to the shuttles at that point? I can't see them all ending up at the
Smithsonian, so have they have plans to place them somewhere? I can imagine
one may stay at Kennedy and one in Houston.


I would like to see one in the Smithsonian, and the
others stripped of engines and offered for sale at
auction to the highest bidder, with the money going
back to the taxpayers.

But it won't happen because the low winning bid
totals might be embarrassing.

- Ed Kyle


Embarrassing why? What do you think is the fair market of an orbiter
stripped of engines? And why would someone want one without engines?
Or with engines for that matter? The FMV of a 25 year old airframe is
usually determined by the scrap metal buyers at the boneyard anyway.
:-/


The orbiters might be worth something as tourist
attractions - or maybe as props on the wall of one
of those theme restaurants (I saw a biplane tied to
the ceiling of one such place - an interesting
conversation piece, but the food was less than
memorable). Maybe they could *be* restaurants,
the way that old trollys were turned into diners.
Or maybe someone could try cutting them into
small pieces that could be sold off for profit.
(I own a piece of the Explorer 1 service tower
that was chopped up that way). Or maybe they
could be used to carry passengers on really fast,
short glider rides.

- Ed Kyle

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Old September 30th 05, 11:24 PM
Brian Thorn
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On 30 Sep 2005 13:20:56 -0700, "ed kyle" wrote:

I would like to see one in the Smithsonian, and the
others stripped of engines and offered for sale at
auction to the highest bidder, with the money going
back to the taxpayers.

But it won't happen because the low winning bid
totals might be embarrassing.


And because its illegal... they'll become property of the Smithsonian
per the NASA charter...

Brian
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Old September 30th 05, 11:31 PM
Brian Thorn
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On Fri, 30 Sep 2005 11:28:36 -0700, "Braxus"
wrote:

When they do retire the shuttle fleet whether sooner or later, what is to
happen to the shuttles at that point? I can't see them all ending up at the
Smithsonian, so have they have plans to place them somewhere? I can imagine
one may stay at Kennedy and one in Houston.


We talked about this a week or two ago. My guess is...

Discovery replaces Enterprise at the National Air & Space Museum's
Udvar-Hazy Center (Dulles Annex).

Enterprise transfered to Edwards AFB / NASA Dryden Flight Research
Center, California.

Atlantis remains at Kennedy Space Center, Florida as centerpiece of a
new Space Shuttle Center similar to the Apollo-Saturn V Center.

Endeavour to Johnson Space Center in Houston.

However, others have reported that it might be very difficult to get
any of the Shuttles to Johnson Space Center due to road and bridge
clearance issues. In that case, Endeavour may wind up at the Air Force
Museum in Dayton, Ohio or Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville,
Alabama.

Brian

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Old October 1st 05, 07:54 PM
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"Braxus" wrote in message
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When they do retire the shuttle fleet whether sooner or later, what is to
happen to the shuttles at that point? I can't see them all ending up at
the Smithsonian, so have they have plans to place them somewhere? I can
imagine one may stay at Kennedy and one in Houston.



Load it up on a trailer, tour around the south and charge two bits a gander.

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Old October 1st 05, 08:54 PM
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"Darkwing (Badass)" theducksmail"AT"yahoo.com wrote in message
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"Braxus" wrote in message
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When they do retire the shuttle fleet whether sooner or later, what is

to
happen to the shuttles at that point? I can't see them all ending up at
the Smithsonian, so have they have plans to place them somewhere? I can
imagine one may stay at Kennedy and one in Houston.



Load it up on a trailer, tour around the south and charge two bits a

gander.


Dumbass. It's too big for roads.

They'll give one of them a flying tour of the US so people can go oooh and
then they'll leave them to rot at NASA bases.





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Old October 1st 05, 09:03 PM
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I could see airshows with it atop the 747. That would be something to see.
As for putting it on a trailer, there may be road blocks to get it where its
going due to restrictions of clearance, etc. on the roadways.


 




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