Friday, December 30, 2011

DISCOVER DISCOVERY


SHUTTLE
PROCESSING
(Before Flight Activities Rarely Been By The General Public)
     



External tank arrives by barge from MS


Vertical assembly building

Removing external tank from carrier


External tank enter VAB

External tank in VAB

Preparing to lift the tank to vertical

Lifting tank

Solid rockets are attached

Engines are attached to solids

Engines are attached to the shuttle in the shuttle processing facility





Shuttle is sling ready for lift in VAB

Shuttle has been moved to VAB and will be attached to external tank


Shuttle is attached




Payload preparation room (PPR)

Cargo package for ISS

New module for ISS

Payload ready to be moved to the launch pad


Payload carrier leaves PPR


Payload being moved to launch pad


Lifting payload into position for insertion into Discovery when it arrives at the pad



Shuttle Discovery leaves VAB


Shuttle and crawler


Crawler control


Discovery arrives at pad




Discovery ready for launch

We have lift off

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