Saturday, May 30, 2009
Nose Landing Gear Broom Crew :)
When the main landing gear and nose landing gear door operations are complete, it means were pretty close to wrapping things up for the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA - modified 747) to be towed underneath the orbiter for mating.
The main landing gear and nose landing gear door are hydraulically closed. Sometimes the nose landing gear needs a little extra boost to close at the end if it doesn't clear completely. I was so excited today as the crew let me help them close the doors. It literally is using a modified broom-design tool. At first I thought I wasn't going to be able to reach the tiles with the broom tool, but I could. Below are some pictures of us performing the final closure of the nose landing gear doors.
It still looks like take off for Atlantis will be early Monday morning.