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    Sts-135

    It's not diving related, nor is it video, but I wanted to give a peak of an upcoming video project we are working on. It does involve helium, oxygen, scrubber material, rebreathers, and vertical distances of up to 265 feet.

    The Space Shuttle Atlantis is sitting on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, preparing for STS-135, the final launch of the shuttle program. Matt Rece and I (SolidWorks_Matt on this forum) and I had the opportunity to tour the pad and take photos, in preparation for an upcoming video we are working on. When I say the NASA press office gave us unrestricted access, the ONLY place we were not allowed to go was the white room, which actually leads to the orbiter. I think they were afraid we'd sneak in, and hide in there until the actual launch. Other than that, we were allowed to go up in the launch tower, the RSS structure, and the mobile launch platform. We were close enough to actually touch parts of the shuttle, and the SRB's. Here are some photos from yesterday -



    An interesting thing, is the elevator in the tower is not listed by floor or level, but rather by how high you are in feet.


    Here I am, on level 255, looking down at Atlantis. The SRB is probably only 10 or 15 feet from the railing here.


    We were allowed to wander all over the launch tower, and even go out onto the RSS (Rotating Service Structure.) The RSS is what rotates in and out so the payload may be installed, and other aspects of the shuttle may be worked on. Today, the RSS was rotated out - this is a shot of Matt walking down the catwalk to it, and then photographing some equipment which caught his eye, probably because it said "helium" on it.



    Atlantis, as viewed from the RSS.



    On the top of the RSS, I met and interviewed a worker who had been here for 14 years. He was an interesting fellow, who actually began his NASA career as a diver, retrieving the SRB's after they has been jettisoned into the ocean. His mother, father, and grandfather had all worked on the shuttle program.


    Down on level 195, is where the astronauts board the orbiter. Here I am standing next to the gantry entrance.


    Matt dubbed this "The last toilet on earth," a bathroom found on level 195, next to the elevators.


    Also on this level is the astronaut escape system. In an emergency, they run like hell along painted lines in the grate, until they get to the basket system, and the ultimate zip line ride. At the other end is a bunker.


    Down at level 95, is the actual base of the shuttle.





    The flame trench - Hell on Earth at time of liftoff.



    It was an awesome experience, and I thank the NASA press office for the opportunity. The entire NASA staff, although saddened by the final launch, was enthusiastic and very helpful. The technicians on the pad were friendly, and all-to eager to tell you what they were doing, and why. All of them treat the orbiter like it's their child, even the guys sweeping the floor.

    We'll be doing a video on how one actually captures remote footage from the launch, which ius currently scheduled for July 8, so I'll post it here when it is done.

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    Re: Sts-135

    Very very cool.

    Thanks for posting this.

    Tobin

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    Awesome..

    My wife and I will be attending the launch from the space center..

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    Re: Sts-135

    Nice job Tony.... Very cool...

    Richie

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    Re: Sts-135

    Tienuts, you lucky dog ! No wonder your avatar is my boy Farley doing his special happy dance ! I'd be dancing too, if I were you.

    Awesome photos!!! Now, how about a close-up of those SRB's when they light em' up-----as close to the "Hell-Pit" as you can get, without vaporizing yo' self.

    BTW-Can I have your rEVO if things get too hot??? Just kidding ! But seriously, I'll give it a good home!

    More photos please.....

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    Very cool...thanks for posting those images!

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    Re: Sts-135

    Thanks for posting the pictures and bits of information.

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    Tienuts

    Thanks for the pictures. It was very magnificent and eye-opening. :)

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    Re: Sts-135

    Tony,

    Those shots are terrific!!

    Were you able to set your cameras and get shots of the last shuttle launch?

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    We were able to set some remotes up, but the NASA press area was literally a zoo, so we were unable to set up all 5 of them. Escorts are required to go in to the pad perimeter, and there just simply weren't enough escorts around.

    In addition, one of the camera's didn't work. I'll post the footage here when I'm done going through it all.

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