DynCorp International is providing aircraft maintenance support to NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) for space shuttle Endeavour’s final flight. The flight begins at sunrise on Tuesday, September 18, at Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla., and will end at Endeavour’s final home, the California Science Center on Thursday, September 20.
DI will provide the maintenance team that, in cooperation with NASA and other contractors, will travel with the SCA, which will stop in Houston and El Paso, Texas on its way to California. DI mechanics will carefully inspect, service and perform any necessary maintenance to the SCA, a uniquely configured Boeing 747-100 aircraft.
“We are proud to support NASA during this historic event,” said Jim Myles, group vice president, Aviation, DynCorp International. “The DI team has been continuously preparing and coordinating with our customer to ensure a successful final flight for the space shuttle Endeavour.”
Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Ferry Flight
The SCA is scheduled to conduct low-level flyovers above locations along the planned flight path, including:
- Florida Space Coast areas including Kennedy, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base
- Stennis Space Center in Mississippi
- Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La.
- Various areas of Houston, Texas and Clear Lake, Texas
- Ellington Field near Johnson Space Center
- Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas
- White Sands Test Facility near Las Cruces, N.M.
- Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
- Northern California near Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif.
- Various landmarks including Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.
- Various sites in Los Angeles, Calif.
Twitter users can share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour’s orbiter vehicle designation.
Beginning Oct. 30, the shuttle will be on display in the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion.
Endeavour completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles.
DynCorp International and NASA
In April 2012, DI was awarded a contract with NASA to provide aircraft maintenance and operational support services at Ellington Field at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston; NASA’s Langley Research C
enter in Hampton, Va.; NASA facilities in El Paso, Texas, and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; and other locations worldwide as required.
Services include support for flight operations, maintenance, repairs and alterations to aircraft, component parts and support equipment and engineering services. Additional services include spaceflight readiness training, airborne research and development and flight test support.